Since July 2014 Eversholt Rail and Wabtec have been working in partnership to bring a high quality refurbished passenger train fleet to market. The Class 321 Renatus will deliver exceptional customer service, maintainability and cost effectiveness and create the look and feel of a new train environment for passengers. Yesterday Eversholt Rail and Wabtec signed a deal worth more than £60m to ensure this exciting project becomes a reality.
Class 321 Renatus builds on Eversholt Rail’s industry-leading Class 321 Demonstrator programme that showed how a high-quality refurbishment and enhancement programme on an existing proven fleet can deliver a passenger experience comparable with a new train at a lower cost. Passenger and train operator feedback from over 15 months of intensive commuter service operation of the Demonstrator has been instrumental in developing and refining the scope of Renatus.
Andy Course, Chief Operating Officer of Eversholt Rail Group said ‘We started this phase of the project in July 2014 and it is incredible to see what has been achieved in such a short space of time. Our partnership with Wabtec will raise the bar on what can be achieved in a mid-life upgrade and will deliver a great and cost-effective transformation in passenger experience’
Ray Betler, Chief Executive and President of Wabtec Corporation said ‘We are pleased to be working with Eversholt Rail Group on this innovative project over the coming years. We have already invested in a new dedicated production facility in Doncaster with state of the art systems and processes and I am looking forward to delivering an exceptional product for passengers and operators’.