Alstom, Central Rivers, Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire.
Maintenance underway on a CrossCountry train at Alstom's Central Rivers depot near Burton on Trent.

Alstom’s Staffordshire depot secures £800 million-plus train maintenance contract 

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Contract train maintenance by transport giant Alstom at its depot near Burton-on-Trent has been boosted by a major deal. 

The global leader in smart and sustainable mobility has signed an £825 million agreement with CrossCountry Trains. 

It secures an eight-year extension to its Train Services Agreement with the Train Operating Company which runs services across the UK in a network stretching from Penzance to Aberdeen. 

Under the agreement, Alstom will continue to maintain, overhaul, service and clean 252 vehicles of the CrossCountry fleet (34 Class 220 Voyagers and 24 Class 221 Super Voyagers) at Central Rivers Train Maintenance Depot at Barton-under-Needwood near Burton. 

In addition, seven Voyagers will move to CrossCountry when they are released from service with Avanti West Coast to bolster the XC fleet and enable service uplifts in due course.  

Alstom’s Central Rivers depot at Barton-under-Needwood near Burton.

The contract includes management of all planned (preventative) and unplanned (corrective) maintenance together with all required overhaul activities.  

Other services provided will include cleaning, light maintenance services on the vehicles, vehicle servicing and accident repair. 

Nick Crossfield, Alstom Managing Director, UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to extend our Voyager Maintenance Contract with CrossCountry for another eight years.  

“We have worked in close partnership since 2007, providing reliable, well-presented, and safe trains for all CrossCountry’s customers.  

“We look forward to working with our colleagues at CrossCountry to help them deliver a high-quality train service.” 

Tom Joyner, Managing Director, CrossCountry, said: “We’re delighted to continue our relationship with Alstom as we embark on our National Rail Contract.  

“Improving the onboard experience is critical to ensuring our customers view us as a long-distance operator of choice and we look forward to working closely with Alstom in the years ahead to deliver these improvements.”

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