Hull Trains revealed the first artist’s impression of the new trains set to hit the tracks as part of a major GBP 60 million (EUR 68.7 million) investment.
From December 2019 onward, customers will benefit from more seating capacity, enhanced interiors and faster speeds.
Hull Trains will be replacing its current fleet with new hi-tech Hitachi trains, operating on both diesel and electric traction – giving customers access to the benefits of the East Coast Main Line’s electrified track. The technology involved in the trains will also mean that Hull Trains can continue to run trains where overhead wires have been damaged and have affected services in the past.
On top of extra seating capacity and extra features, customers will still be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi for the entire journey whether in standard or first class as Hull Trains remains currently the only train operator on the East Coast Main Line to offer this service.
Hitachi is making great progress on the five new trains, with the fleet still set to be on the track for the end of 2019. Hull Trains has had significant input into designing the new fleet with decisions on features focused on making a difference to customers.
“We’ve reached the end of the engineering and design phase and have now completed final sign off for production. Decisions have now been made on the new interiors which will be brighter and much more spacious and streamlined”, Phil Cameron, Project Director for New Trains, explained progress made so far on the development of the new units.
“The investment in these new trains highlights Hull Trains’ commitment to high levels of customer satisfaction – something which we focus on from the service our team provides, through to the facilities experienced by everyone who uses our services”, Louise Cheeseman, Director of Service Delivery, said.