Fieldfisher is delighted to have advised the Department for Transport on plans for a new £210m fleet of trains as current rail franchise operator, Stagecoach South West Trains, today announced its intention to award a contract for 30 five-carriage Desiro trains to manufacturer Siemens and leasing company Angel Trains.
The new trains will boost capacity on services at South West Trains, providing for more than 18,000 extra peak-time passengers every day travelling into London Waterloo, the country’s busiest station. The train order will also allow for a further 6,000 daily peak-time passengers once infrastructure upgrades are completed on the mainline and Hounslow loop. The first of the 150 new carriages will begin arriving in 2017 and will all be in service by early 2018.
The new train order is part of a five-year plan developed by the Alliance between Stagecoach and Network Rail with the aim of transforming services for passengers, incorporating longer platforms, full re-opening of platforms at the former Waterloo International Terminal and other associated infrastructure improvements.
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Fieldfisher worked closely with the DfT team to help secure the delivery of this exciting project. The deal is testament to Fieldfisher's expertise in and commitment to major rail and infrastructure projects.
The Fieldfisher team was led by John Cassels and John Worthy, both partners in the firm's rail and infrastructure group.
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