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TPE updates passengers on progress of new CAF rolling stock

Transpennine Express (TPE) has this week shown passengers anther image of how work is progressing with the bodyshells for its new fleet of trains for Scotland and the north west.

The rolling stock, being delivered by Spanish firm CAF, will see 12 five-car Class 397 electric trains and 13 sets of five-car Mark 5A Coaches added to the network.

It is part of TPE’s £500m investment programme which is targeting more seats and a better experience for customers on services.

The trains will boast a number of modern design features, including plugs and USB points, more luggage space, fast and free wi-fi as well as an entertainment system for passengers to enjoy.

A statement from the company added that this fleet, along with the addition of 19 five-care HRE Class 802 bi-mode trains, will see 13 million more seats available on trains.

The company’s existing trains will also see a full upgrade to ensure they meet the same high standards of the new rolling stock.

Leo Goodwin, managing director for TPE, said: “This is an exciting step towards providing brand new, state-of-the-art trains plus more seats for rail customers across the north and into Scotland.

“Once ready, these futuristic trains will be some of the most modern in the country and I’m thrilled to be overseeing such an important transformation.”        

And José María Muguruza, project manager at CAF, added: “CAF are delighted to be working with TPE to enhance their customers’ experience and the opportunity to provide technologically advanced trains for their intercity TPE services.

“The trains are the ‘high speed’ variant of the Civity electric train, are capable of 125mph operation and will provide passengers with a new journey experience.

“CAF are continuing to strengthen their presence across the UK market and look forward to continued growth with the building of their Newport Assembly plant.”

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J, Leicester   08/09/2017 at 13:08

I didn't realise you could seriously describe building something to catch up to the status quo in most of the UK and Europe as "futuristic". Then again, considering there are still Pacers plodding along some of the routes they're bound for, I think I'm willing to let that slide. TPE's new stock is looking good, either way.

Lutz   08/09/2017 at 17:42

Ed: "13 million more seats available on trains" - Could you put a context to that? Is that additional seats for sale across the period of the franchise? @J, Leicester The UK come out top in terms of service across Europe, and the vehicles are much better than in many EU countries.

Andrew Gwilt   09/09/2017 at 01:15

Which means the Class 350/4's are likely to be transferred to London Midland and could work alongside the current Class 350's fleet. Or possibly Transpennine Express could use the Class 350/4's on Manchester Airport-Blackpool North via Preston or Manchester Victoria-Blackpool North.

Andrew JG   10/09/2017 at 01:02

So what will happen to the Class 350/4's as the Class 397's will soon be replacing the Class 350's that TPE have got at the moment.

AJG89   10/09/2017 at 12:57

I guarantee that Transpennine Express will eventually replace the Class 350/4's to London Midland so that London Midland can use the Class 350/4's on certain routes working alongside the Class 323's across the West Midlands area including the electrified Chase Line between Birmingham New Street-Walsall and Lichfield Trent Valley and the Class 350/1/2's to operate services in & out of London Euston including services to Stafford, Rugley Trent Valley, Crewe, Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Tring, Milton Keynes Central, Northampton, Rugby, Coventry and Birmingham New Street and Class 350/3's to operate between Birmingham New Street-Liverpool Lime Street, Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly.

Not A Parody, Honest   11/09/2017 at 14:30

But the real question is - what about the rolling stocks for the Marks Tey - Sudbury line?

AJG89   12/09/2017 at 03:21

@Not A Parody, Honest. That's the Stadler Class 755's Bi-Mode Flirts that will operate on the Gainsborough Line (Marks Tey-Sudbury) with the extension of the service to Colchester and Colchester Town once the new trains are delivered and are in service in 2019.

Allhailthegwilt   12/09/2017 at 15:31

How many more pseodonyms do we need Andrew? And none of them with a sarcasm detector, clearly!

Despair   12/09/2017 at 15:35

@Not A Parody, Honest. Oh well, glad you asked as always wanted to know....again and again and again...

PP   20/09/2017 at 11:53

I suspect that a certain individual here is probably on the autistic spectrum and that interaction with them will cause far more problems than it will solve. Just be nice, everyone.

Andrew JG   27/09/2017 at 07:01

F off Allhailthegwilt. Glad I be hating on you no matter you comment.

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