The order is part of Transport for London’s programme to increase passenger capacity on the successful London Overground network — the 57 new cars will be used to turn existing four-car trains into five-car versions.
The new units will be supported under an existing maintenance contract. The order is valued at approximately £88 million (€105 million, $137 million U.S.).
Delivery of the 57 new ELECTROSTAR Class 378 cars will start in late 2014 and finish in 2015. They will be built at Bombardier’s facility in Derby.
Des McKeon, commercial director U.K., Bombardier Transportation said “This contract underlines the strength of the long-standing relationship between Bombardier and Transport for London. Bombardier is playing an important role helping TfL deliver increased capacity on the network. As well as delivering new, reliable trains we are improving availability and reliability together with the operator through our fleet maintenance offering. Bombardier helps keep thousands of passengers moving in London and across the U.K. every day.”