VIVARAIL’S GROWTH TRAJECTORY

As the company moves to production of its first order of Class 230 units for the Marston Vale line, Vivarail Chairman ADRIAN SHOOTER updates PHILIP SHERRATT on developments with the D-train

Vivarail is expanding. The company, which is building Class 230 multiple-units for the main line, is now well underway with its first order for three two-car diesel units for the Marston Vale line from Bletchley to Bedford. The company confirmed the deal in March and said the D-trains will begin operation on the line in December 2018.

Chaired by former Chiltern Railways boss Adrian Shooter, Vivarail has come a long way in the last few years. The company was clear from the outset that its product, with a 60mph maximum speed but good acceleration – would be ideal for specific applications, particularly branch lines or secondary routes with frequent stops.

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