IEP tested in Wales


Hitachi’s Class 800 intercity train has completed its first test run in Wales.

800 002 has completed a test service through the Severn Tunnel to Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend and Port Talbot before arriving at Hitachi’s Swansea depot.

The bi-mode units are scheduled to begin operating commercial services out of London Paddington this autumn.

Karen Boswell, managing director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “Our new intercity trains will bring rail travel in Wales firmly into the 21st century. These modern trains are being built in Britain using pioneering Japanese bullet train technology.

“For passengers in Wales this milestones marks another step closer in experiencing the benefits of investment in their railways.”


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