British Rail Class 730

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British Rail Class 730 Aventra
ManufacturerBombardier Transportation
Built atDerby Litchurch Lane Works
Family nameAventra
Number under construction333 vehicles
Formation36 x 3 cars
45 x 5 cars
Operator(s)West Midlands Trains
Maximum speed730/0:
90 mph (145 km/h)
730/1 & /2:
110 mph (177 km/h)
Electric system(s)25 kV AC (OHLE)
Current collection methodPantograph
Coupling systemDellner
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The British Rail Class 730[1] is a class of electric multiple units to be built by Bombardier for West Midlands Trains. Two separate batches are planned to be built, with 36 three-car units intended to be operated on suburban services on the Cross-City Line by West Midlands Railway, and 45 five-car units for suburban and long-distance services from Euston.[2]


In October 2017, West Midlands Trains was awarded the franchise to operate both local rail services around Birmingham and the West Midlands, suburban services to London Euston, and long-distance inter-urban services operating from both Euston and Birmingham New Street.[3] At the time the franchise was awarded, the company announced that it would procure more than 100 new trains that would be used to displace older rolling stock and enhance its fleet. Of these, a total of 81 EMUs were to be obtained from Bombardier Transportation from its Aventra product range.[4] They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works.[2]


The two separate batches will be constructed to operate at different maximum speeds, the Class 730/0 will operate at up to 90 mph (140 km/h) and the Class 730/1 and /2 will be capable of 110 mph (180 km/h).[2]

Class Operator No. Built Year Built Cars per Unit Unit nos.
Class 730/0 West Midlands Railway 36 2020-21 3 730001–730036
Class 730/1 London Northwestern Railway 29 5 730101–730129
Class 730/2 16 730201–730216


  1. ^ Clinnick, Richard (11 September 2018). "Bombardier Class 345s roll off the production line". Rail (860): 29.
  2. ^ a b c Fender, Keith; Sheratt, Philip (June 2018). "West Midlands prepares for new fleets". Modern Railways. 75 (837): 78.
  3. ^ Jones, Tamlyn. "Over 100 new trains West Midlands trains – with wi-fi and speeds up to 110mph". Birmingham Post. Birmingham Post. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Bombardier and CAF win West Midlands train contracts". Railway Gazette International. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2017.

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