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26.02.20

Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a brand new, world-class train.

Hull Trains’ fleet is less than six months old and has rolled out each new train as soon as their final safety tests were completed by Hitachi.

This guarantee has come into place as all 92 journeys a week to London will now be on the state-of-the-art Paragon trains, creating space for an extra 5,000 passengers.

Hull Trains are contributing to the rail industry’s biggest fleet modernisation programmes in history as demand for rail transport is expected to increase by 58% over the next 10 years.

Louise Cheeseman, Managing Director for Hull Trains said: “At Hull Trains we are incredibly proud to be the only UK operator boasting an entirely modern fleet of trains. This is a passenger promise that we can confidently guarantee to everyone who travels with us. It’s a huge step change for the city of Hull and for transport in the North.

“Across the network half of Britain’s trains are being replaced, new for old. We’re honoured to play a part in modernising our railway, transforming travel for passengers and leading from the front in our fleet replacement programme.

“Our bi-mode trains have the ability to switch between diesel and electric operation. This was invaluable during the disruptions from the recent storms as all train operators on the East Coast Main Line needed to operate in diesel mode at a reduced speed for safety.

“Now we’re in a position to consider what opportunities there are to expand our services. It’s a really exciting to see what the future holds for Hull Trains. Other plans for the future include more investment in infrastructure at Hull and the surrounding community stations, improving disability access and upgrading platforms. We want to reinvest back into the city and our people.”

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