Side view of an LNER Azuma high speed train travelling at speed along a hillside in the Scottish Highlands

LNER names successful bidder for new tri-mode train fleet

London North Eastern Railway has confirmed the successful bidder that will be responsible for the delivery of a fleet of ten new tri-mode trains.

CAF will provide the new trains, with Porterbrook being selected as the financier for the fleet that will see trains able to operate in electric, battery, or diesel mode. The benefits of this will mean that reductions in emission, noise, vibration pollution and maintenance costs can be achieved, whilst also seeing an increase in range and performance as the technology continues to develop.

Reductions in emissions will also help LNER to remain on track to achieving a 67% reduction in emissions by 2035, before going on to be net zero by 2-45. There has already been a 50% reduction in emissions compared to 2018/19.

Managing Director at LNER, David Horne, said:

“Successfully delivering this new fleet is an integral part of LNER’s Business Plan. Our focus is ensuring we create a fleet that truly matches the needs of all our customers, with clear targets on setting new standards for comfort, accessibility, and exceptional customer service.”

This fleet will complement the existing group of 65 modern Azuma trains, supporting LNER’s plan to make it the most loved, progressive and trusted train operator in the UK.

Huw Merriman, Rail Minister, said:

“Replacing ageing rolling stock is crucial to the sustainability, reliability and growth of our rail network, and I’m delighted passengers travelling on LNER services will benefit from improved services and greener journeys on these modern trains.”


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