Train commuters across the country can take comfort that Britain’s great railway network will be serviced by the best vehicles in the business, thanks to a new fleet deal which will see Volkswagen supply commercial vehicles to Network Rail.

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Every year 1.3 billion journeys are made on Britain’s railways and 100 million tonnes of freight is transported by rail between ports, factories and shops. Maintaining and developing Britain’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings, viaducts and stations is no easy task.

When looking for a versatile and extensive fleet of vans that could operate in the toughest environment, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was the obvious choice.

The current agreement is for 312 vehicles – 124 Amarok 140PS BMT, 168 Transporter 114PS BMT and 20 Transporter Kombi 114PS BMT. The fleet will be used by Network Rail’s engineering team.

Each vehicle supplied has been carefully selected for the business area it will operate in, with many featuring specifications to make life on board more efficient for drivers.

Steve Duffy, business support manager for Network Rail, commented: ‘With over 20,000 miles of track and thousands of rail assets to maintain, the team requires the best products and support to deliver very complex jobs.

‘The combination of Volkswagen’s broad model range and its dedicated national fleet support team has helped us to deliver a fleet solution that meets the needs of our business, now and into the future.’

Chris Black, Head of Fleet for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Network Rail. The versatility of our products and the power of our residual values mean we are highly competitive and able to offer outstanding value for money. Our dedicated fleet support team means we can also supply fleet customers with excellent options and a bespoke service.’

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