Hull Trains provide first glimpse of high-tech fleet being made in Japan

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Aug 2018

Pictures have provided a first glimpse of Hull Trains’ new high-tech fleet, expected to be on the rails late next year. 

The new trains, part of a £60m investment by the operator, which aims to improve its service for travellers, are being manufactured by Hitachi in Japan. 

Five new Class 802 trains will hit the rails in December next year, and hope to reduce journey times across the region. 

Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, said: “We’re very excited to confirm this latest development in the investment of our new fleet. 

“Now that the body of our first Class 802 is complete, we can show passengers a first glimpse of what our new services will look like.

“These trains will really transform travel from Hull and East Yorkshire to the capital and we are delighted to see the progress made so far. The images bring the trains to life from the concepts that have been released.”

The new high-tech trains will run on both diesel and electric traction.

The first phase of construction has been completed at Hitachi Rail’s manufacturing plant in Kasado, Japan, before work is completed in Italy.

Extensive testing on the new fleet will then be carried out, before they are shipped to the UK for use on the East Coast Mainline.

Read more: Hull Trains back on track following a turbulent period

The new trains will be capable of hitting speeds of almost 140mph.

Passengers will also benefit from 20 per cent more seating capacity compared with current services, as well as all-new interiors.

Decisions have also been made to ensure the interiors are brighter, more spacious and streamlined.

Ms Cheeseman said: “Following this investment we will be able to boast some of the most technologically advanced, fastest and most comfortable trains on the UK rail network. It is great news for our customers, who are always at the centre of our focus, and means we will provide more in terms of service, as well as potentially reduce journey times.”

Hull Trains recently revealed it had seen a major improvement on its service reliability this summer.

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The train company came under heavy scrutiny after it was revealed just 66 per cent of services arrived at their final destination on time between January and the end of March.

Uncertainty surrounding Hull Trains continued when it was announced the managing director, Will Dunnett, was to resign from his role. He was replaced by Louise Cheeseman, and new figures revealed a turnaround in fortunes for the rail company.

Between June 24 and July 20, 95 per cent of services ran as scheduled, following on from the 96 per cent figure recorded between May 27 and June 23.

Once work on the new £60m fleet is completed, it will put Hull Trains on the map as having one of the most modern services on the UK rail network.

It was reported back in May that Hitachi – currently also in the process of appealing against a £1.5bn rail contract which was awarded to Siemens Mobility for the production of 94 new tube trains in London – was making “great progress” on the new Hull trains.

Images have now shown the finished shell, as the process moves a stop closer to completion. 

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