- Services site to play a key role in maintaining London Overground’s fleet of Class 710 BOMBARDIER AVENTRA trains
- Bombardier to install its innovative Automatic Vehicle Inspection System to reduce maintence costs and ensure fleet performance and reliability
London, December 1st, 2016 – Last month, rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation officially took over responsibility for the Willesden Traction Maintenance Depot (TMD) and its team of around 40 staff. This strategic handover is part of the 35-year maintenance contract signed in 2015 with Transport for London (TfL) to build 45 new Class 710 AVENTRA trains (180 vehicles) for London Overground.
“Upgrading the Willesden site signifies our investment into the mobility of the greater London area, but it also highlights Bombardier’s wider capabilities in the services market”, said Matt Byrne, Bombardier Transportation’s Regional Head of Services Execution. “By outfitting the site with our Automatic Vehicle Inspection System (AVI System) we´ll be able to reduce component usage and maintenance interventions, together with improving asset utilisation, safety, performance and efficiency”.
Already in use at other Bombardier depots such as Central Rivers, the innovative AVI System utilises an array of highly-sensitive cameras and optical sensors, including lasers, to collect and analyse data and monitor vehicle condition. They system is fully integrated into an accompanying automated maintenance process that is designed to improve fleet availability whilst reducing costs. Other site improvements will be to upgrade the interfaces and vehicle access for the new Class 710 trains, including roof/underframe access and ensuring the correct location of service points.
As well as the future maintenance of the new Class 710 trains, current activities at Willesden TMD include maintenance of the existing London Overground fleet of Class 378 electric multiple units (EMUs) and Class 172 diesel multiple units (DMUs); in addition the site also undertakes maintenance for other operators, including Class 92 locomotives for GB Railfreight.
Arriva Rail London Managing Director, Will Rogers, said: “Willesden Maintenance Depot has been key to the success of the London Overground to date and we are pleased to see it utilised to its full potential and its future secure. We look forward to working collaboratively with Bombardier to deliver further success for our customers.”
In 2015, Bombardier signed contracts with TfL to build and maintain 180 next-generation AVENTRA trains. These vehicles feature an innovative design with reduced weight and energy consumption while at the same time increasing passenger capacity on London Overground routes. In 2016 TfL appointed Arriva Rail London (ARL) to operate the London Overground concession for the next 7 years.
Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 39,400 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.
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