Hitachi Rail has commenced static testing of Avanti West Coast’s new fleet of trains at its facility in Newton Aycliffe, UK.
The transfer marks a key milestone of the £350m venture that includes delivering 23 intercity trains to Avanti West Coast. The fleet will embody ten seven-carriage electrical (Class 807) trains and 13 five-carriage bi-mode (Class 805) trains.
Based on an Avanti West Coast assertion, the testing programme began by coupling the carriages from a Class 805 bi-mode practice. General, the fundamental functionalities of a practice together with engines, brakes, doorways and bathrooms might be examined.
The dynamic testing of the automobiles is predicted to start later this yr.
Avanti West Coast managing director Phil Whittingham mentioned: “It’s nice to see the brand new trains taking form. The funding is a key a part of our thrilling plans to boost the bar for the UK rail trade and our wider dedication to bettering the shopper expertise and a extra sustainable operation.
“The brand new Hitachi trains provide more room and a quieter journey in comparison with the diesel-only Voyager trains they change. It will result in a 61% discount in carbon emissions. Clients may even take pleasure in higher and extra dependable free Wi-Fi, at-seat wi-fi charging for digital units, plug sockets and USB slots; a brand-new catering provide and a real-time passenger data system that may advise prospects of connecting rail companies.”
The brand new trains are anticipated to enter service subsequent yr.
The electrical automobiles will run between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool, whereas the bi-mode items will function on the London-North Wales route.