Hitachi is ready to start production on five new bi-mode trains for the open access operator Hull Trains.
The new units, which represent an investment of £60 million, will replace Hull Trains’ Class 180 Adelante fleet, providing additional capacity and faster speeds.
Hull Trains has released an artist impression of the new trains to announce that the design phase has now been completed and production is due to begin. The new fleet is due to enter service at the end of 2019.
Phil Cameron, project director for new trains, said: “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.
“Our industry partners have also commented on how luxurious and aesthetically appealing the interiors are and so we are very excited to show this to our customers in due course.
“The next phase is to focus on our people and commence the relevant training plans in readiness for the launch of the trains now that the engineering plans and processes have been finalised.”