First Hull Trains has confirmed a £68 million order for five new bi-mode trains from Hitachi.
The new trains, which will be similar to the bi-mode vehicles being delivered as part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP), will be able to run on both electrified and non-electrified sections of the network.
Hull Trains said the decision to procure bi-mode trains over full electric units was down to the uncertainty surrounding a number of major electrification schemes.
Due to enter service in 2020, the new trains will operate at speeds of 225 km/h and boast 50 per cent more capacity than the operator’s Class 180 units.
Will Dunnett, managing director of Hull Trains, said: “The new units will bring an even higher quality environment for passengers with new interiors, enhanced catering, air-conditioning and a quieter environment due to electric traction – all areas that we know are important to passengers.”
The announcement came on the same day that Hitachi opened its new manufacturing site in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.