Summer arrival for first TPE ‘802/2s’
The first two of 19 Class 802/2s for TransPennine Express will arrive in the UK for testing in the summer.
Hitachi confirmed the plan on December 19, when it released the first images of the ‘802s’ at Kasado (Japan), where they are being built.
TPE has 19 five-car ‘802/2s’ on order, funded by Angel Trains. They will enter service from December 2019, running between Manchester/Liverpool and Leeds/ York/Newcastle and Edinburgh via the East Coast Main Line. The first two sets will be 802201 and 802202. They will be maintained by Hitachi Rail Europe at Doncaster, with light maintenance carried out at Edge Hill, Heaton and Craigentinny.
Capacity will be an extra 161 seats compared with the three-car Class 185s currently used. They are capable of 140mph in electric power and 125mph in diesel.
David Hoggarth, director for Rail North, said: “These trains are game-changers. Fast, efficient travel on trains fit for purpose will open up rail to new users in the business and leisure sector, and is one of the key components required for growing the northern economy through enhanced connectivity.”
A driving vehicle from a TransPennine Express Class 802/2 in Kasado, Japan.