Porterbrook awards Alstom £25m fleet upgrade contract

NSAR member Porterbrook has announced that it had signed a £25m contract with Alstom to upgrade one of its most versatile electric train fleets. The announcement follows the decision by South Western Railway (SWR) to extend the leases on Porterbrook’s award-winning Class 458 fleet until 2027.

Porterbrook’s contract with Alstom will see the trains uprated to a top speed of 100mph, a complete upgrade of the passenger saloon to meet the needs of long-distance customers, and reconfiguration of the trains to enable the faster acceleration required to meet established journey times on key routes.

Porterbrook Chief Executive Officer Mary Grant also sits on the NSAR Board.

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