There has been a set back to the project to introduce a class 230 unit to operate the Nuneaton – Coventry line.   The prototype unit, 230 001 suffered a fire during a test run on Friday.  

It appears the fire occurred in an engine module.   All of the staff travelling on the test run from Viva Rail managed to evacuate safely from the unit.   The train has been moved to Tyseley depot for an investigation to take place and for an assessment of the unit.

Campaign for Rail hopes the project will continue.   There is a desperate need for additional passenger trains and the class 230 project offers an innovative solution.  As well as providing more capacity on routes like Coventry – Nuneaton and the Marston Vale line the unit could be an option for a number of re-opening projects, where the costs of obtaining rolling stock are at present prohibitive placing a barrier to the scheme.

4 January 2017

Class 230 Project Must Continue

We do hope that the development work continues, that lessons are learnt from the incident last week and that it will be possible to introduce a class 230 unit into revenue earning service during the course of 2017.