East Midlands franchisee Abellio and leasing company Eversholt Rail have awarded Bombardier Transportation a £133m contract to continue to maintain the 27 Class 222 DEMUs at Derby Etches Park depot until December 31 2022. Heavy component maintenance will take place at Bombardier Crewe.
The Class 222 fleet is on lease to East Midlands Trains and are currently operational on the Midland Mainline.
They are part of Bombardier’s Class 22 X high speed diesel electric multiple unit range. They offer a comfortable and relaxing passenger environment optimised for longer distance services with 125mph capability.
The fleet achieves consistent high reliability figures and unrivaled performance and is a class leading inter-city train fleet.
The vehicles can be formed in different unit configurations and lengths to suit particular operational needs. Formations allow these units to be optimised for capacity and role.
The fleet is currently configured as:
• 6 x 7 car units • 17 x 5 car units • 4 x 4 car units