It has been confirmed that Porterbrook has been successful in its bid to finance a fleet of 10 new tri-mode trains for London North-Eastern Railway (LNER).
It has also been announced that CAF will build the trains, which will be able to operate in electric, battery and diesel mode.
Mary Grant, Porterbrook CEO, said: “Porterbrook is delighted to fund and take ownership of this state-of-the-art new tri-mode fleet for LNER, supporting its focus on creating a world-class service that matches the needs of customers with lower emission trains.”
The new ten coach trains will help LNER to achieve its vision of becoming the most loved, progressive and trusted train operator in the UK, keeping the company on track to reduce its emissions by 67 per cent by 2035 and be net zero by 2045.
David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “Successfully delivering this new fleet is an integral part of LNER’s Business Plan. Our focus is ensuring we create a fleet that truly matches the needs of all our customers, with clear targets on setting new standards for comfort, accessibility and exceptional customer service.”
Richard Garner, CAF UK Director, said: "The new CAF fleet of more sustainable and environmentally friendly tri-mode trains will reduce carbon emissions, noise and vibration pollution and optimise energy consumption while increasing service operation efficiency and performance on the ECML.”
The benefits of tri-mode trains range from a reduction in emissions, particulates, noise and vibration pollution, lower maintenance and operating costs and upgradeable technology with an expected increase in range and performance as technology develops further. Battery power reduces the need to use diesel traction in areas where overhead powerlines are not available.