Vivarail delays delivery of London Northwestern Class 230 trains

Vivarail has postponed the delivery of Class 230 trains to London Northwestern Railway due to technical issues.

Problems with the first train delayed the entry of Class 230 units into passenger service on the London Northwestern Railway’s Marston Vale Line between Bletchley and Bedford, UK.

The trains were supposed to enter service when the timetable changes in December. Vivarail aims to have the Class 230 fleet ready for service in the New Year.

London Northwestern Railway stations head Jonny Wiseman said “We were disappointed to learn from Vivarail that the class 230 trains for the Marston Vale Line will not be ready for the December 2018 timetable change.

We want to reassure passengers that we will continue to run the Bedford-Bletchley service with existing trains until the Vivarail units are available.

“The class 230 programme is an innovative scheme that will deliver many benefits to local rail users. We will continue to support Vivarail in bringing this new concept to the Marston Vale Line.”

Vivarail CEO Adrian Shooter said: “My experience in the rail industry means I am fully aware of the problems that can occur when introducing new trains, and that one unforeseen event can easily overturn months or even years of planning.

“That is the case here and at Vivarail we hold our hands up to that fact.”

Vivarail will provide three Class 230 trains to West Midlands Trains, operator of London Northwestern Railway service, as part of an order secured in March.