Ardwick train depot
The Ardwick train depot,[note 1] is a passenger multiple unit maintenance depot in Ardwick, Greater Manchester. The depot was opened in 2006 for the servicing of Siemens-built Class 185 DMUs, which are used on the TransPennine Express franchise. It was electrified in 2012-13 to allow the servicing of Siemens Class 350/4 EMUs.
First TransPennine Express Class 350s stabled at the depot
|Location||Ardwick, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom|
The depot code is AK.
In the 1840s, the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway was constructed between Manchester Store Street station (Manchester Piccadilly) and Sheffield Victoria railway station; Initially the site of the depot was just outside the urban spread of Manchester - the area being used for brick manufacture. Subsequently, the area east of Ardwick station and north of the line was used for railway sidings, including goods sheds, the wider area becoming known as 'Ardwick West Goods depot and mineral yard', later 'Ardwick West freight terminal'. The site remained in railway use through most the 20th century, becoming disused by 1990.
In 2003, Siemens became preferred bidder to supply and maintain a fleet of diesel multiple units for use on the TransPennine Express franchise. The £260 million contract included the provision and supply of maintenance facilities, with the primary facility in Manchester, as well as a secondary depot in York. In 2004, Siemens applied to construct sidings, train facilities and offices at the Ardwick site.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place in March 2005. The depot was constructed on the 10 acres (4.0 ha) site over 13 months, being completed 3 April 2006, at a cost of about £30M. The designers were Burks Green; Taylor Woodrow the main contractors; NG Bailey and Atkins Rail subcontractors. The main shed was a 6,000 m2 (65,000 sq ft) building capable of holding eight trains (a four road shed with two three-23 m (75 ft)-car trains per road.), with facilities including wheel lathe, train jacks, and bogie and engine drops. The depot was officially opened on 16 May 2006 by Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander.
In February 2012, Siemens obtained a contract to build and maintain 20 Class 350 Desiro 25 kV AC electric trains, including ten Class 350/4 units for First TransPennine Express. The contract required the electrification of the depot. Work to modify the depot began September 2012, with Spencer Rail (Spencer Group) as main contractor. The depot was extended westward by 10 m (33 ft) to allow four 20 m (66 ft)-car units to be accommodated; with one of the shed roads electrified, and all outside track electrified. The estimated cost of the project was £5M.
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- Siemens secures order for 20 Desiro UK electric trains (Press release), Siemens, 29 February 2012
- "London Midland and TransPennine Desiro contracts signed", www.railwaygazette.com, 29 February 2012
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- "Ardwick Train Depot Powers Up", www.webwire.com, 10 October 2013
- "First Class 350/4 on depot", www.modern-railways.com, 3 December 2013
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- (072060/FO/2004/N2) Erection of three buildings totalling 7,958 sqm floorspace to form train washing facility, including rail sidings, parking and ancillary offices .., Manchester City Council, 28 May 2004[permanent dead link]
- (098863/FO/2012/N2) Extension and alterations to main maintenance building, alterations to 2 no. train entrance apertures to trainwash facility, modifications to refuelling canopies and introduction OLE .., Manchester City Council, 16 March 2012
- "Siemens Rail Systems (supplement)" (PDF), Modern Railways, Modern Railways / Siemens, 70 (774), Ardwick depot electrified, pp.6-7, March 2013