Alstom has announced the completion of modernisation works undertaken on 17 Arriva North Class 323 Trains which operate on Manchester’s electrified network. © The Aviation Expert under LicenseThe works involved upgrading the power and control electronics on the trains, rendering them more environmentally efficient. The works were carried out at Alstom’s specialist train care centre in Longsight, Manchester. The materials and parts were put together at Alstom’s Preston site.
The team that undertook the works included 25 engineers and managers from the north west, including two apprentices. A further three graduates at Alstom finished their training placements at Preston while works were being carried out.
Alstom undertook the works for train leasing company Porterbrook. As part of the £11 million contract, these works were carried out and Alstom will now complete the upgrade of the 26 remaining Class 323 trains which operate for London Midland.
Mike Hulme, Managing Director, Trains and Modernisation, for Alstom in the UK, said:
“The upgraded Class 323s are a vast improvement on the original. They are now more reliable and environmentally more acceptable, making them fit for purpose for the foreseeable future.”
“We have an experienced team in Preston and Manchester, who have worked hard to make sure that this work is delivered on time and on budget. We now look forward to starting the process again for London Midland’s Class 323 fleet.”
The fleet of 43 Class 323 trains were manufactured between 1993 and 1995, by Hunslet in Leeds. They are electric multiple unit trains, with each unit comprising three cars.
Alstom was awarded the contract to upgrade the fleet’s power and control electronics in 2014. The contract is expected to be delivered in full by January 2017.
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