Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has signed a three year extension to its current Train Service Agreement (TSA) with Arriva CrossCountry Trains (XC), extending service until October 2019. The contract covers full maintenance services for XC’s fleet of 57 Voyager and Super Voyager trainsets, based out of Bombardier’s Central Rivers maintenance facility. The scope also includes the transfer and conversion of two Super Voyager cars. Previously operated by Virgin Trains, these cars will be reconfigured to create an additional 58th unit for CrossCountry.
This TSA contract is valued at approximately £232 million GBP ($302 million US, 269 million euro).
Bombardier has provided maintenance support for the Voyager trains (which were manufactured by Bombardier) for over 15 years, since they first entered passenger operation on Cross Country services. A key factor in the fleet’s performance – recognised by winning a prestigious UK rail industry fleet reliability performance award for several years in a row – is the use of Bombardier’s Automatic Vehicle Inspection System (AVI System), which coupled with enhanced real-time data transmission via BOMBARDIER ORBITA asset management system, delivers improved safety, performance and efficiency.
The AVI System is an integrated technology that uses a range of cameras and sensors to analyse and monitor a vehicle’s condition. Housed in a dedicated structure around and under the tracks, the AVI System helps reduce component usage and maintenance interventions while increasing asset utilisation. This innovative system can also automatically generate maintenance work orders, provide advanced notification of component wear and even trigger safety alerts – all without the intervention of inspection technicians.