Siemens has been awarded the first-in-class contract to equip a GWR Bombardier Transportation Class 387 Electrostar with ETCS Level 2.

UK: Siemens has been awarded a contract for the first-in-class design and installation of ETCS Level 2 equipment on a Bombardier Transportation Class 387 Electrostar electric multiple-unit operated by Great Western Railway.

The first-in-class contract announced on June 11 has been let by Porterbrook as the lead rolling stock leasing company for the various Electrostar fleets, supported by Angel Trains, Eversholt Rail and QW Rail. The project is intended to lead to type approval from the Office of Rail & Road, which would enable ETCS to be fitted to other Electrostar fleets in-line with Network Rail’s ETCS deployment programme.

Siemens is to supply its Trainguard 200 Level 2 Baseline 3 equipment for the Class 387 EMU, which is scheduled to be ready for service by early 2020.

‘We are delighted to be working closely with Porterbrook on this landmark project, which will ultimately be one of the largest ETCS on-board retrofit programmes in the UK’, said Rob Morris, Managing Director of Siemens Rail Automation in the UK. ‘Having proven our equipment and delivery capabilities in similar projects across Europe, our experienced teams are now looking forward to collaboratively engaging with Porterbrook to commission and successfully deliver the first Class 387.’