Hull Trains has received the first of the five Hitachi Rail bi-mode Paragon trains, under a GBP 60 million investment (EUR 70 million).
Once fully operational, passengers will benefit from 5,500 extra seats a week, greater reliability and a quieter and smoother ride from Hull to London.
The fleet of new high-speed trains are being rolled into passenger service, with the full Paragon fleet expected to be operational by early 2020.
“We have made a significant investment in these hi-tech trains which will completely overhaul the current service as our customers know it. More people will be able to travel, thanks to the 22% additional capacity,” Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains said.
The train was assembled in Pistoia, Italy.
The aerodynamic trains are fitted with complimentary Wi-Fi, plug and USB sockets, a brand new at-seat trolley service.
Hull Trains currently operates 92 services between Hull and London every week. The new trains operate on both diesel and electric traction, which means greater reliability across the rail infrastructure as well as a smoother and quieter journey. More than two thirds of the journey between Hull and the capital will be operated using electric power, which is much better than the environment.
in 2016, First Group and Angel Trains awarded Hitachi Rail the contract for the supply of five 5-car bi-mode trains for passenger operation from London King’s Cross to Hull and Beverley.