Rail News, January 2018

Production of new intercity Japanese Hitachi bullet trains has begun, with 19 five carriage trains planned to be on Trans Pennine Express routes from 2019. It is the third fleet being built for the train operator, which the firm says will collectively provide 13m more seats per year. The modern Japanese bullet train inspired fleet is being built by Hitachi and financed by Angel Trains.


From 2019, the fleet will connect major cities in the North of England and Scotland and will run from Manchester and Liverpool, across the Pennines to Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh.


The trains will be maintained at Hitachi’s newly built £80m depot in Doncaster, home to 250 employees and four apprentices. Long-term jobs will also be secured at existing depots in Liverpool, Newcastle and Edinburgh, which all play a role in maintaining the trains.


Investment in the trains and new depot come alongside the Great North Rail Project, which will upgrade key parts of the route to enable better services.