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has signed a contract with Porterbook and C2c to supply 60 of its Aventra vehicles to be used on the C2c rail franchise from September 2021 with the intention of increasing capacity and improving journeys for commuters into London. The overall value of the rolling stock and maintenance and support services contract is valued £105m ($139m) and will run until November 2029.
These 100mph 10 x 6-car trains are said to meet several market segment needs and complement the fleets ordered for Transport for London's Elizabeth line (Crossrail), London Overground's Lotrain, and other franchises.
Paul Maynard, rail minister, said: "We are making the biggest investment in the railways since Victorian times to meet the growing demand for rail travel and improve both journey times and passenger comfort. These British-built Bombardier trains, which are coming into service earlier than planned, will provide much needed extra capacity for thousands of passengers across London and Essex, and also come with facilities such as Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and plug sockets."