Angel Trains UK Ltd

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Company overview

Founded in 1994, Angel Trains UK Ltd is one of the country’s leading train leasing companies. Today, it invests in sustainable, state-of-the-art rolling stock, helping to enhance UK rail and meet evolving passenger needs.

With unparalleled engineering expertise and a ‘cradle to grave’ approach, Angel Trains UK Ltd ensures that fleets perform efficiently and cost-effectively throughout their lifecycle. Since its launch, the company has established itself as a leading player in the rail industry, investing more than £5 billion in new trains and refurbishment schemes – which, in turn, supports many thousands of skilled workers. Its customers include C2C, Avanti West Coast, GWR, Hull Trains, Northern and ScotRail.

Products and services

Pioneering asset management company Angel Trains UK Ltd owns and maintains over a third of the country’s passenger rolling stock.

A leader in rail vehicle safety, reliability, and innovation, it invests in fleets that are fit for today’s passengers. And, with a ‘cradle-to-grave’ approach, the company also maintains these vehicles, ensuring that they continue to operate efficiently and safely.

In numbers:

  • The company spends over £50 million on fleet maintenance each year.
  • It professionally manages 700 engineering changes per year.
  • It is currently has over 80 technical projects in research and development.


Angel Trains UK Ltd’s fleet comprises a range of regional/commuter passenger multiple units and high-speed inter-city trains:

Regional passenger trains:

High-speed trains:


With unrivalled expertise and a history of investment, Angel Train UK Ltd maintains rolling stock ‘from cradle to grave’ – ensuring the best outcome for customers. Its asset management services include:


The company’s Procurement and Supplier Management team is headed up by an accredited Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Its responsibilities include:

  • The identification of strategic partners.
  • Planning refurbishment, heavy maintenance and modification works.
  • Competitive tendering.

Project management: 

A skilled project management team provides delivery support for customers, assisting with everything from procurement and technical specifications to audit, inspection, testing and commissioning, and lifecycle costs and maintenance schedules.

Fleet management: 

Drawing on expert knowledge, Angel Trains UK Ltd’s dedicated fleet engineers manage and support:

  • Safety issues.
  • Reliability.
  • Root cause analysis.
  • Design solutions for optimisation.
  • Engineering changes.
  • Technical investigations.
  • Heavy maintenance programme development.

Product management:  

Key to Angel Trains UK Ltd’s ‘cradle to grave’ strategy, the product management team is exploring innovations around:

  • Decarbonisation.
  • Digitisation.
  • Obsolescence.

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Angel Trains UK Ltd’s people-first culture and empowered workforce are helping it to advance the rail industry. Learn more here.