GBRf scoops Class 801 test­ing deal

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GB Rail­freight (GBRf) is to test Class 801 elec­tric mul­ti­ple units on the East Coast Main Line, af­ter win­ning a con­tract from Hi­tachi Rail Europe which will run un­til April 2020.

Test­ing of the UK-as­sem­bled trains is due to start this spring. The first two sets ar­rived at Hi­tachi’s Don­caster de­pot in Fe­bru­ary, ahead of the start of the test pro­gramme.

GBRf has worked with Hi­tachi since 2013 on the test pro­gramme for the bi-mode ver­sions of the In­ter­city Ex­press Pro­gramme trains.

GBRf Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor John Smith said: “I’m pleased that GB Rail­freight has the op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend its re­la­tion­ship with Hi­tachi, to en­sure that these trains are tested and com­mis­sioned so that they are ready to de­liver im­proved ser­vices for rail pas­sen­gers.”

Hi­tachi Rail Europe IEP Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor Andy Rogers added: “We take great pride in watch­ing our new in­ter-city trains run on the UK rail network. We look for­ward to work­ing with GB Rail­freight as we reach our next test mile­stone of run­ning elec­tri­conly trains on the East Coast Main Line.”

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