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					                                                           News Release
23 August 2004

    New high performance Desiro trains for West Coast Main Line

Rail passengers are to benefit from 30 new high performance trains on the busy West
Coast Main Line after a deal was signed by Siemens, Angel Trains and National

The 100mph Siemens-built Desiro trains will be operated by Central Trains and
Silverlink on inter-regional express services, such as Liverpool to Birmingham,
Northampton to London and local services in the West Midlands and north west of
London. The trains are a key part of delivering the SRA’s West Coast strategy and all
will be in service by the end of next year.

Siemens has also been awarded a 20-year maintenance contract for the new four-car
trains and will be building a new maintenance facility at Northampton, with the
creation of 100 new jobs. Existing maintenance facilities at Crewe will also be

Kevin Tutton, managing director of Siemens Transportation Systems in the UK, said:
“The Desiro train will soon be operating on routes the length and breadth of the
country. This latest deal demonstrates the versatility of the Desiro train: by making a
minimum of changes we have been able to make trains originally designed for South
West Trains into trains suitable for the West Coast Main Line. It also demonstrates
that the UK rail industry can operate flexibly and efficiently to deliver real passenger
benefits in a cost effective manner.”

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Philip Cameron, UK rail fleet executive for National Express, said: "The new
Desiros are being introduced to ensure customers get the maximum benefit out of the
West Coast Main Line Route modernisation. In addition the trains will offer significant
improvements in comfort and quality for our customers and staff. We have seen how
well they have been received on services in East Anglia and we are looking forward
to the first trains entering service on Central Trains and Silverlink routes in June

The new Desiros will deliver significant levels of passenger comfort with 2+2 seating
throughout (first and standard class), air conditioning, advanced passenger
information systems, CCTV and dedicated facilities for disabled passengers. A
catering trolley service will also be available on these units.

The new trains are currently undergoing testing at Siemens’ test facility at Wildenrath
in Germany before being delivered to the UK this autumn for testing on the West
Coast Main Line.
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For further information, please contact:
Joslyn Woodger                                              Rob Simpson
Marketing Communications Manager                            Corporate Press Officer
Siemens Transportation Systems                              Siemens plc
Tel: 020 7227 4420                                          Tel. 01344 396338

Notes to editors:
    A photograph of the Desiro train is available on request from Joslyn Woodger (contact details

        The contract for 30 trains uses trains originally destined for South West Trains as part of an
         overall order for 785 cars. The original part of the South West Trains order for 32 x 5 car trains
         was re-configured to deliver 10 x 4 car Class 450’s to South West Trains and 30 x 4 car Class
         350/1’s to National Express for operation on the West Coast Main Line.

        Desiro is Siemens’ modular-designed multiple-unit train. Desiro electric multiple units are
         currently in service on One Great Eastern (Class 360) and South West Trains (Class 450 and
         Class 444). A diesel variant (Class 185) is currently in production for First/Keolis which will
         operate on the Transpennine network and an electric version (Class 360/2) is in production for
         BAA plc for the Heathrow Connect service.

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   Siemens was established in the United Kingdom 161 years ago. The company employs 18,102
    people in the UK, including nearly 5,000 in the manufacturing sector. With annual revenues of
    £2.65 billion, Siemens provides innovative, high-quality services and solutions to customers in
    a diverse range of industry sectors comprising: power, automation and control, information and
    communication, medical, transportation, lighting, and household. Siemens operates through a
    de-centralised structure, with its headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire. The company’s structure
    reflects that of its parent company, Siemens AG, headquartered in Munich, Germany. For
    more information, visit

   Angel Trains is a leading lessor of rolling stock in both the UK and Continental Europe. Angel
    Trains has invested EUR4 billion in new passenger and freight trains, EUR375 million in
    refurbishment programmes for its existing fleets and has a European asset base of over 4000
    vehicles with a combined value of EUR4 billion. Angel Trains is a wholly owned subsidiary of
    The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, one of Europe's leading financial services groups, founded
    in 1727.

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