Wincanton created a dedicated warehouse operation for Alstom’s refurbishment of Avanti West Coast’s high-speed passenger train fleet – the Class 390 Pendolino. This optimised solution has reduced transport costs by 18% and eliminated landfill waste.

Over one-third of all daily passenger rail journeys in the UK are conducted on an Alstom-built train, while two-thirds of the trains on the London Underground are made by Alstom. This means that on-time deliveries and real-time traceability are critical for making sure people across the country can complete essential daily journeys.

Alstom and Wincanton have worked in partnership since 2018, with Wincanton providing a dedicated service to manage and control the flow of materials for the maintenance and refurbishment of passenger trains in the UK.  

Keeping on track

Over the course of the partnership, Wincanton has reduced the overall number of vehicles required for the transportation of parts, minimising carbon emissions and reducing carrier costs for Alstom by 18%. It also achieved its sustainability target of 0% of waste to landfill.

First-class service

In March 2021, Alstom renewed and expanded its contract with Wincanton for a further three years. As a result, Wincanton is extending the breadth of services it offers through the creation of a logistics facility designed to meet Alstom’s future service needs.

Wincanton will support the refurbishment of the Avanti West Coast Class 390 Pendolino through the establishment of a 71,000 sq ft warehouse facility in Haydock, near Liverpool. Materials will be migrated from an existing facility in Warrington to enable production support for the refurbishment programme. In addition, the facility will be used for both recycling and waste management from site.

Wincanton will continue to undertake inventory management for Alstom from a 44,000 sq ft shared-user facility in Blackburn, servicing its ground transportation business, while managing all associated transport movements and depot deliveries. 

What the customer says

Geoff Elton, Supply Chain Director, Alstom UK & Ireland, said: 

"Alstom and Wincanton have developed a strong working relationship over the last three years, and we are delighted to continue this relationship with this new contract award.”


reduction in transport costs


of waste to landfill


of all daily passenger UK rail journeys are on an Alstom-built train