East Midlands Trains (EMT) has extended its existing Meridian maintenance deal with Bombardier.
Bombardier will continue to maintain EMT’s fleet of 27 Class 222 Meridian trains at Derby’s Etches Park depot until at least March 2018. The contract includes an option for a further 12-month extension.
The announcement follows the extension of the East Midlands Trains franchise to 2018.
The Technical Service Agreement (TSA) includes a requirement for at least 24 of the Meridian diesel-electric multiple units (DEMUs) to be available to EMT daily to operate intercity services between Sheffield and London St Pancras.
Hugh Heath, Bombardier’s head of project management for UK fleet contracts, said: “We’ve worked hard to enhance safety, reliability and availability of the Meridian fleet, including targeted attention to improve the customer environment and increase capacity.
“We look forward to continuing those improvements in the future through our ongoing collaborative relationship with EMT.”