THE first class 230 D-Train purchased by West Midlands Trains (WMT) for London
Northwestern Railway’s (LNR) service on the Marston Vale Line began passenger
operations on April 23 2019
WMT signed a contract with Vivarail in August 2018 to supply three rebuilt class
230 D-Train multiple units, with number 2300034 now in service on the route
between Bletchley and Bedford.
The interior of the trains features fully accessible toilets, several seating
options, more space and at-seat USB sockets. The D-Trains are also quieter and
more environmentally friendly with automatic engine shutdown at stations.
Vivarail says the lightweight aluminium bodyshell also reduces fuel consumption
and improves acceleration.
The trains feature a special LNR livery with artwork from local artist, Ms
Alisha Miller. The remaining two D-Trains will be introduced on the line in
coming weeks, and will be maintained at the Bletchley depot.
"These trains are unrecognisable from their former life on the London
Underground and Vivarail have created a modern and comfortable train, ideal for
this route," says LNR customer experience director, Mr Jonny Wiseman.
"This is a very proud day for all at Vivarail and I am delighted to see the
first of our trains in passenger service," says Vivarail CEO, Mr Adrian
Shooter. "Our design and engineering work has been focussed on ensuring the
Marston Vale trains are of the quality and standard the passengers deserve. I
think we’ve achieved that and I look forward to the feedback we’ll