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28.07.17

Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology required by the DfT.

The trains have successfully tested an advanced level of digital signalling which comes as part of the Digital Railway programme to improve capacity and modernise the UK rail network.

Testing was carried out at Network Rail’s signalling facility ENIF in Hitchin, where real-life scenarios on the network were simulated to ensure the new system met safety standards.

The technology, known as ETCS, informs drivers about how to change their speed as well as potential hazards ahead of the train.

The 122 Class 800s being built by Hitachi are part of DfT’s £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and are set to enter passenger service in autumn on the Great Western Main Line, before being rolled out on the East Coast Main Line from 2018.

Additionally, the IEP will run on the TransPennine Express route from 2019 and will connect London to Devon and Cornwall from 2018.

“Our new trains are helping to transform UK rail by using industry leading technology,” said Andy Rogers, programme director for Hitachi Rail Europe. “Passing digital signalling tests is a major breakthrough for the industry and another step towards easing the problem of overcrowding.

“The trains will significantly boost capacity on some of the busiest routes in the country through more seats, greater use of on-board space and pioneering digital technology.”

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Comments

Michael   29/07/2017 at 12:00

Others may differ but this does seem to be progress. It is sad that these have to be bi-mode for some routes, seemingly more than we thought. But it is good for the suffering Western guys. And Paddington Nox will go . Good there is some progress for folks to see before HS2 as well. That will reduce green-eye a little. If the total throughput of all our railways continues to increase that's good.

Andrew Gwilt   02/08/2017 at 01:40

Soon could be digital signalling testing on the Class 801 and Class 802 IET's.

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