British Rail Class 730

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British Rail Class 730 Aventra
In service2021 (planned)
ManufacturerBombardier Transportation
Built atDerby Litchurch Lane Works
Family nameAventra
Replaced
Number under construction81 trainsets
Formation36 x 3 cars
45 x 5 cars
Operator(s)West Midlands Trains
Specifications
DoorsPlug
Maximum speed730/0:
90 mph (145 km/h)
730/1 & /2:
110 mph (177 km/h)
Electric system(s)25 kV AC (OHLE)
Current collection methodPantograph
BogiesFlexx
Coupling systemDellner
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Class 730/0 diagram

The British Rail Class 730 Aventra[1] is a class of electric multiple units to be built by Bombardier for West Midlands Trains. Two separate batches are planned to be built, with 36 three-car units intended to be operated on suburban services on the Cross-City Line by West Midlands Railway, and 45 five-car units for suburban and long-distance services from Euston by London Northwestern Railway.[2]

They will be the first train of the Aventra family to feature end gangways.[3]

Class 730/1 and /2 diagram

History[edit]

In October 2017, West Midlands Trains was awarded the franchise to operate both local rail services around Birmingham and the West Midlands, suburban services to London Euston, and long-distance inter-urban services operating from both Euston and Birmingham New Street.[4] At the time the franchise was awarded, the company announced that it would procure more than 100 new trains at a cost of £680m[5] to replace older rolling stock and enhance its fleet. Of these, a total of 81 EMUs were ordered from Bombardier Transportation from its Aventra product range.[6] They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works.[2] The first completed train was unveiled in September 2020.[5]

Testing and Introduction into Service[edit]

The Class 730 was tested in Velim in the Czech Republic, as well as in the UK.[citation needed] They will enter service in mid 2021 to 2022.[citation needed] They will be the first of West Midlands Train's new fleet to enter service.[citation needed] The introduction these trains will allow the class 323 to be cascaded to other routes on the network.[citation needed] The trains will be serviced at a new depot a new train maintenance depot at the site of the old Bescot freight yard in Wednesbury.[citation needed]

Some will be put under the LNWR brand name, whereas some will carry the West Midlands Railway livery and branding.

Fleet[edit]

The two separate batches will be constructed to operate at different maximum speeds to suit different uses. The three-car Class 730/0 train - designed for Cross-City Line inner suburban services - will operate at up to 90 mph (140 km/h).[5] The five-car Class 730/1 and 730/2 trains - designed for outer suburban services and long distance services respectively - will operate at up to 110 mph (180 km/h).[2][5] They will double capacity on the cross city line.

Class Operator No. Built Year Built Cars per Unit Unit nos.
Class 730/0 West Midlands Trains 36 2020-21 3 730001–730036
Class 730/1 29 5 730101–730129
Class 730/2 16 730201–730216

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clinnick, Richard (11 September 2018). "Bombardier Class 345s roll off the production line". Rail (860): 29.
  2. ^ a b c Fender, Keith; Sheratt, Philip (June 2018). "West Midlands prepares for new fleets". Modern Railways. 75 (837): 78.
  3. ^ @Richard_rail (30 March 2020). "Here's a driving vehicle from a @BombardierR_UK Cl.730 on order for @WestMidRailway. @RAIL 902, on press this Wednesday has a full round-up of what's happening at the UK train factories at the moment #COVID19" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Jones, Tamlyn. "Over 100 new trains West Midlands trains – with wi-fi and speeds up to 110mph". Birmingham Post. Birmingham Post. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Class 730 EMU for Birmingham's Cross-City Line revealed". Railway Gazette International. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  6. ^ "Bombardier and CAF win West Midlands train contracts". Railway Gazette International. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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