Revealed: First look at Hull Trains’ upcoming Bullet Train-inspired fleet

The new fleet for Hull Trains will provide more in terms of customer service, as well as shorter journey times and reduced pollution.
Hitachi Rail is building the shells at its manufacturing plant in Japan

TOKYO: Work to build the first shell of Hull Trains’ new hi-tech fleet is complete, images released today (August 28) have revealed.

Set to run from December next year, the Hitachi vehicles are part of a £60m investment to improve the transport operators’ services.

Hull Trains will replace its existing fleet of Class 180s with five of the new intercity Class 802 trains, financed by rolling stock operating company Angel Trains.

The Class 802s will be powered by both diesel and electric traction. Manufacturer Hitachi is making the vehicles light and aerodynamic with the same tech used on Japan’s famous bullet trains.

According to Hull Trains, their top speeds of 225 km/h and bi-mode capability will help slash journey times. The trains will also offer 20% more seating capacity compared to the operator’s current services.

Louise Cheeseman, Managing Director at Hull Trains, commented: “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.”

She added: “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 shells for the new trains are being constructed at Hitachi Rail’s manufacturing plant in Japan. From there they will be shipped to Hitachi’s site in Italy for completion.

Speaking further, Louise 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.”

The new trains, set to run from December 2019, form part of a £60 million investment Hull Trains is making to improve its services for customers. The operator will replace its current fleet of Class 180s with five new intercity Class 802 trains, financed by Angel Trains.

These hi-tech trains will operate using both diesel and electric traction, which means that Hull Trains customers will benefit from the East Coast Main Line’s electrified track. Hitachi has used its Japanese bullet train technology to make the trains light and aerodynamic.

Louise Cheeseman, Managing Director of Hull Trains further 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.”

Louise Cheesemanis an award winning and innovative Managing Director and Board Member with over 18 years’ experience across a broad spectrum of heavy and light railway operations

The trains speed and bi-mode capability contributes to reduced journey times and higher speeds of 225km/h. Customers will benefit from 20 per cent more seating capacity compared to current services, as well as new interiors for greater comfort.

The interiors will be brighter, more spacious and streamlined, adding to the positive experience that is the main focus of the Hull Trains team.

The fleet will also be quieter and more environmentally friendly – the new trains reduce harmful emissions by up to 90 per cent compared to other trains using the East Coast Main Line.

The shells of the new trains are being built at Hitachi Rail’s manufacturing plant in Japan. The trains will then be completed at Hitachi’s site in Italy before being tested and shipped to the UK for use on the East Coast Main Line in 2019.

Louise added: “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.”

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