Bombardier has agreed a 10-year contract with National Express to maintain its fleet of Class 357 Electrostars as part of the new Essex Thameside franchise.
The contract, which is valued at £143 million and includes an option for a further five years, will see Bombardier’s Automatic Vehicle Inspection System (AVI System).
The introduction of the AVI System, which is in use on the Gautrain in South Africa, used cameras and sensors to monitor the train. AVI automatically plans in maintenance work and gives notification of component wear in order to reduce rolling stock downtime.
The system is already in use at Bombardier’s Central Rivers depot in Burton upon Trent.
Per Allmer, president, Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, Bombardier Transportation, said: “Together with control-room technicians, the AVI System will enhance National Express’ fleet performance and support their franchise commitments.”