AVANTI West Coast (AWC) introduced new electric and bi-mode trains on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) with the timetable change on June 2.

The inter-city operator, a joint venture between Trenitalia and FirstGroup, has branded its new fleets of Hitachi Rail class 805 and 807 trains as Evero. Ten class seven-car class 807 EMUs and 13 five-car class 805 bi-modes will initially run between London and the West Midlands, Liverpool, Chester and North Wales, before serving northwest England later this year.

The class 805 has 299 seats, a 16% increase on the Voyager DEMUs they replace. Six bi-mode trains will be deployed each weekday to begin with, with more entering service as they are accepted by AWC from Hitachi.

The £350m Evero fleet will be maintained at Alstom’s Oxley depot in the West Midlands and will work alongside AWC’s class 390 electric Pendolino trains, which have recently undergone a major £117m refurbishment by manufacturer Alstom.

According to AWC, the new timetable also provides better connections in the West Midlands, with additional services between London and Birmingham on weekdays and Saturdays.

“This investment is a key part of our plans to support the UK rail industry, and our wider commitment to improve customer experience on the West Coast Main Line,” says AWC managing director, Mr Andy Mellors.

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