Great Western Railway put into service its first 800 Intercity Express Train travelling from London Paddington to Paignton.
The 9-carriage long Class 800 train travels from London beyond Exeter, marking another milestone in the roll out of the new fleet.
“This Intercity Express Train running to Paignton is a key milestone in the delivery of the new fleet across our network. From later this summer, our customers in Devon and Cornwall will see more of these new trains when we introduce our Class 802 versions, which were specifically built to deal with the steep gradients on route to Penzance,” GWR Transformation Director Richard Rowland said.
The new trains boast up to 24% more seats per a train than the high-speed trains that they are replacing, with more legroom, an at-seat food and drink service and improved air conditioning.
Devon and Cornwall will further benefit from the Intercity Express Trains when the region-specific Class 802 variations begin to be introduced later this summer.