Keeping the UK’s trains running is a huge task. There are over 22,000 trains in motion every day, with almost 1.7 billion passenger journeys each year. And things are set to get even more challenging as use of the rail network for both passengers and freight is rising fast; Network Rail predicts another 400 million rail journeys annually by 2020, while freight demand is expected to grow by 30 per cent over the next decade.1
The job of maintaining and servicing the UK’s trains is undertaken by a network of specialised engineering firms. Of these, Bombardier is perhaps one of the best known suppliers, being famous as a manufacturer of aircraft – including the iconic Learjet – as well as a range of high speed, light rail, metro, commuter and regional trains. These run on many different Intercity, metro and underground lines, including London’s new Elizabeth line, where the latest energy efficient, lightweight and modular design AVENTRA™ trains will be in service.
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