Mk 5s could release ‘168s’ for East West Rail

Tipped for Chiltern: ex-TPE Mk 5a set TP04 passes Norton, Worcestershire, hauled by No 37884 from Longsight depot to Long Marston for storage on 9 January 2024.

Chiltern Railways is expecting tenders in May for replacement of four six-car rakes of Mk 3 stock, after which a decision will be taken in conjunction with Department for Transport officials. Chiltern Engineering Director Tim Sayer told Modern Railways he expects ‘three or four’ options to be shortlisted; there is widespread industry speculation that Mk 5a rakes formerly used by TransPennine Express will be one of those options. Rail Minister Huw Merriman told the House of Commons Transport Committee on 28 February he had been pushing for the ‘five units that have come off TransPennine Express’ to move to Chiltern.


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