Successfully introducing new trains

Testing new trains for the Overground: Nos 710374 and 710375 at the Asfordby test centre at the Rail Innovation and Development Centre at Melton on 27 May 2022.

THE UK has seen a glut of new train orders in recent years, driven by cheap money, pre-Covid growth predictions, the desire for trains which are cheaper and easier to maintain and the 2020 deadline for Persons with Reduced Mobility compliance.

Charlotte Hughes, Associate Director of Rolling Stock at CPC Project Services, has worked on six new train introductions in recent years and shared some lessons at the Golden Spanners conference. Ultimately, new train introduction is best viewed as a systems integration project, as it affects every part of a train operating company and is a major business change.

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