New State Of The Art Trains Are ‘On Time’ Say Hull Trains

New State Of The Art Trains Are 'On Time' Say Hull Trains
New State Of The Art Trains Are ‘On Time’ Say

who operate services between and has released images of its new trains. They have also confirmed the fleet is on schedule for passenger use this year.

has released new images that show the incredible production of its new £60m fleet.

It comes as the operator confirms the new hi-tech trains are on schedule to arrive in the UK later this year. also says the first of the five trains will be in use by November.

The state-of-the-art trains are being manufactured in Pistoia, Italy, having been built at Hitachi Rail’s manufacturing plant in Japan. While the spacious new seats are being made in Barcelona, with the first sets now ready for inspection.

is replacing its entire current fleet of Class 180s with five new intercity Class 802 trains. It is the biggest project the company has ever seen in its 19-year history.

Trains will be more reliable, stylish and accessible. They will also be more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.

New Stylish Fleet Is Bang On Schedule

Richard Vernon, Fleet Project Engineer at Hull Trains who has recently returned to the UK having been in Italy. He said that the pictures show an exciting stage in the process.

Reporting back on what he saw he said;

“These trains really are a reality now and later this year our customers will be travelling on them between Hull and . As you can see from the pictures, they really are taking shape and look really impressive.”

“It really is an exciting phase in the project for us because we are deep into the production process now and to see a sea of blue in the assembly house really is extraordinary.”

“We are on schedule for the first train to arrive in the UK in August, and by November the first train will be in passenger use.”

“Looking at them you really can see how they will transform rail travel between Hull and .”

The production process

In the factory, the shells of the trains first enter the pre-production lines where the windows are fitted and the wiring and flooring are completed. The toilets are also added at this stage.

The next stage is the main assembly area which is a six-part installation production process.

It’s here where the interiors are fitted. Currently, there are three trains side by side at this stage in Italy.

Once the first train is completed it will enter system testing before it’s ready for its first inspection. The first train is due for inspection at the beginning of July.

As well as the production process, staff are busy working behind the scenes to get acceptance from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR.) To do this, Hull Trains will need to submit technical files.

Fleet on schedule for passenger use of new Hull Trains

Once in the UK, each of the new trains has to experience 1,500 miles of fault-free running time on the tracks.

Hull Trains, alongside financiers Angel Trains, will then fully inspect the trains.

“Everything you could imagine is looked for,” said Mr Vernon.

“We need to make sure everything is exactly as we want it. It will be a very busy period of inspections for us.

“However, we don’t envisage too much of an issue because we have seen the quality of work in and Italy.”

The trains will be phased into the timetable alongside existing trains, and all five will be running by December 31.

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