RECENT orders made by Northern and TransPennine Express franchises mean more than 4,000 vehicles are currently being built for use within UK rail.
The rolling stock sector is continuing to develop and there are a host of roles continually being recruited for.
These vehicles are in demand for use on main lines and, last November, it was revealed the industry was spending £9.3 billion on new vehicles and their maintenance.
An average of 12 carriages per week are being constructed to meet public demand, according the Rail Delivery Group’s new chief executive Paul Plummer.
Plummer said: “We know fare payers want better trains, so this investment over the next four years is great news for our passengers.
“An average of 12 carriages per week are being built to meet demand - a far higher build rate than just a few years ago.
“More than half of the new trains are being built by British-based manufacturers, supporting more than 2,000 jobs including at least 100 apprenticeships.”
The average age of rolling stock has fallen across all sectors in recent years and, nationally, the average age of rolling stock fell 7.7 years between 2001-02 Q2 and 2005-06 Q2.
The ORR says this was due to the rolling stock leasing companies (ROSCOs) replacing many of the BR fleets with new trains (2005 was the last year of Mk 1 slam-door trains on the former Southern Region, for example). After 2005-06 Q2 the average age of rolling stock increased for all sectors.
This means newer rolling stock was introduced or older rolling stock removed from service during 2014-15. This was driven by newer rolling stock within the London and South East sector.
Rail Minister Claire Perry added: “Introducing more modern, high-quality trains is central to our commitment to give passengers better journeys and boost economic growth.”
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