Hull Trains reveals first image of new hi-tech fleet in £60m investment

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 May 2018

Hull Trains has unveiled the first image of its new fleet as it gets set for major changes as parts of a £60m investment.

The company has produced its first artist impression of the new trains, which will be in place from December 2019 onwards.

Hull Trains, which was founded in 2000, say the new hi-tech Hitachi trains will provide more seating capacity and faster speeds reaching up to 225km/h.

The new fleet will also be able to operate on both diesel and electric traction - which will allow trains to go down the East Coast Main Line's electrified track.

Phil Cameron, project director for new trains, spoke of the progress made so far on the development of the new units.

“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.”

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The new fleet will consist of five new trains, all of which will still supply free wifi for customers, with the company saying more first-class tickets will be available.

Each train will feature 327 seats, with the promise of "greater comfort" and enhanced interiors.

Louise Cheeseman of Hull Trains

Louise Cheeseman, director of service delivery, said: “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.

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“We want every single experience of Hull Trains to be a positive one and the new fleet will further enhance our customer experience for all who use these facilities.

“Most importantly, these trains are designed with the customer at heart – this allows us to provide facilities which ensure that customers receive a service above and beyond what they would expect from a train operator.”

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