November 02, 2016

Hull Trains orders Hitachi bi-mode trains

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HITACHI Rail Europe announced on November 2 that it has concluded a £60m contract with First Group and rolling stock leasing company Angel Trains for five bi-mode (diesel and electric) AT300 trains, which will be used by Hull Trains on services from London Kings Cross to Hull and Beverley.

Each five-car train will seat 327 passengers, 61 more than the Alstom class 180 DMUs currently used on these services.

The 225km/h trains will be assembled at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe plant in northeast England and are due to enter service in 2019. The fleet will be maintained by Hitachi at Bounds Green depot in London.

The trains will operate under 25kV 50Hz ac electrification on the East Coast Main Line between London and Doncaster, where they will switch to diesel mode for the remainder of the journey to Hull and Beverley.

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