Additional bi-mode intercity trains for Great Western

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    Great Western Railway (GWR) has exercised an option for a further seven bi-mode IEP trains.

    Financed by Eversholt Rail, the new trains will add to the 57 Class 800 units ordered as part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and the separate order for 29 Class 802 trains placed last year.

    The 802s will all be manufactured by Hitachi Rail Italy in Pistoia, Tuscany.

    Mark Hopwood, managing director of Great Western Railway, said: “This complements the 86 brand new trains due to start operating across the GWR network next year.

    “They give us greater flexibility in our fleet to deliver faster more frequent services and additional seats for customers, particularly while Network Rail completes the modernisation of the Great Western Main Line.”

    Karen Boswell, managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “Hitachi is pleased GWR and Eversholt Rail Group have exercised one of the options they have with us to increase their fleet.

    “This further strengthens our working relationship with two major customers. It is a further endorsement of our current work delivering modern, high-speed modern trains, connecting people and communities across the GWR network.”