The new Hitachi Class 805 and 807 trains could stand as Avanti West Coast’s jewels in their crown. However, before this can be claimed, they must first endure rigorous static testing to ensure their quality. The bi-mode trains are being coupled together to mark the testing phase of the new trains, which are due to enter service in 2023.
The rigorous testing will look to ensure exacting standards across the functionality of the trains have been met, taking steps to monitor all features from brakes to engines, doors, and toilets. Once it has been determined that these factors are at satisfactory standards, the trains will then go through the dynamic testing phase. This stage will see trains move under their own power for the first time.
Phil Whittingham, Managing Director at Avanti West Coast said:
“It’s great to see the new trains taking shape. The investment is a key part of our exciting plans to raise the bar for the UK rail industry, and our wider commitment to improve the customer experience and a more sustainable operation.”
The new fleet, which are on course to enter service in 2023, will compromise of 10 seven-carriage electric trains (Class 807s) and 13 five-carriage bi-mode trains (Class 805s). The two different models will operate to service different routes with the Class 807s will be operated between London and Liverpool, whilst the bi-mode Class 805s will operate between London and Holyhead.
Jim Brewin, Head of UK & Ireland at Hitachi Rail said:
“Our teams across the UK are working tenaciously to deliver more Hitachi intercity trains, which are proven to boost reliability and performance.
“We look forward to Avanti passengers experiencing the transformation that follows the introduction of this brand-new fleet.”
The work on the new fleet is progressing rapidly, with the hopes that Avanti’s trains will be ready for operational service by 2023.
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