Summer ar­rival for first TPE ‘802/2s’

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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.”

HI­TACHI.

A driv­ing ve­hi­cle from a Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press Class 802/2 in Kasado, Ja­pan.

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