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Building on the global success of the current Desiro, and following a €50 million investment and development programme that has taken over two years, the Desiro City is an evolutionary model that takes flexibility, passenger safety and comfort to new levels. The UK is the first country in the world to have access to the new train which offers significantly lower operational costs than current models.
Key features include:
Steve Scrimshaw, Managing Director Rolling Stock for Siemens Mobility in the UK, commented: “The UK has a particularly challenging requirement when it comes to rail, combining city and suburban centres with rural routes and differing passenger volumes.”
He continued: “The Desiro City, taking the very best elements from our proven (and popular) Desiro platform and incorporating the latest technology and innovation, ideally meets these requirements. It is better for passengers, for drivers, for train operators and for the environment – a second generation solution that really is evolution in motion.”
Siemens has an enviable track record of developing, and delivering, efficient rail solutions that work ‘out of the box’ on the UK rail network as all trains are fully tested on the company’s unique test track in Wildenrath, Germany, prior to entry in the UK. This minimises disruption on the UK rail network.
Most recently the company has received significant orders from London Midland (37 x Desiro Class 350/2), the first of which was delivered on time just 55 days after entering the UK and just 16 months after order placement, with the final train scheduled for delivery at the end of this month, and ScotRail (38 x Desiro Class 380), due for initial passenger service in Autumn 2010.
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About Siemens in the UKSiemens was established in the United Kingdom 166 years ago and now employs 18,402 people in the UK. Last year’s revenues were £3.7 billion. As a leading global engineering and technology services company, Siemens provides innovative solutions to help tackle the world’s major challenges, across the key sectors of energy, industry and healthcare. Siemens has offices and factories throughout the UK, with its headquarters in Frimley, Surrey. The company’s global headquarters is in Munich, Germany. For more information, visit siemens.co.uk
As part of Siemens in the UK, Siemens Mobility employs around 1800 people, providing expertise and technology in rolling stock, rail infrastructure, traffic solutions and infrastructure logistics to the UK transport industry.
In Rolling Stock, Siemens Mobility provides and maintains passenger trains for First TransPennine Express, South West Trains, Heathrow Express, National Express East Anglia, Northern Trains and London Midland. New trains are currently in production for ScotRail.
With proven capability in rail automation, Siemens Mobility has recently delivered a major re-signalling project in the Portsmouth areas, traction power upgrades across the UK and new telecommunications systems in London and the west of England. It is also developing the GSM-R cab radio solution for the entire UK rolling stock fleet. For more information on Siemens Mobility please visit www.siemens.co.uk/mobility.
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Tel. +44 (0)1276 696310 Mob: +44 (0)7921 242074