From our Swindon Correspondent:
Rail industry figures show the breakdown rate for the company’s £500m 101-strong fleet is higher than for the 1980s-built rail-buses.
Northern passengers have long been plagued by delays and overcrowding.
The failing rail operator, which is being taken over by the government next month, said it was “working hard to improve performance of the new trains.”
CAF were selected by Arriva, as they were the only manufacturer able to produce both new diesel and electric (Class 331) multiple units from the same platform, the Civity, thus increasing familiarity for drivers and reducing maintenance costs once in operation.Bombardier made a bid to produce electric Aventra units but was unable to offer a sister diesel unit which Arriva required Furthermore, Bombardier already had a long order book for Aventra units and Arriva believed CAF were in a stronger position to guarantee on-time delivery of the units
Construction of the bodyshells of the 195s began in Zaragoza in July 2017. The wheelsets were constructed in Beasain and final assembly of the units took place in Irun. The first completed Class 195 began undergoing tests at the Velim test track in May 2018. The first arrived in England in June 2018 and testing on the main line began in September.