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Thursday, October 21, 2021

First Hull Trains to buy new bi-mode trains

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.


  1. And it be numbered as Class 802’s if Hitachi does build the Bio-Mode (DEMU) IEP trains for First Hull Trains just like what Hitachi are to start building the Class 800’s Bio-Mode (DEMU) and Class 801’s Electric (EMU) IEP trains for Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western) and Virgin Trains East Coast with Hitachi also to build the AT200 Commuter Trains for Abellio Scotrail once the new factory is completed in County Durham next year as its near to the East Coast Main Line and the A1 Great North Road in Northeast England.

  2. But still the process of electrifying between Selby and Hull dribbles and dribbles and dribbles and dribbles on, being ruined by the turgid porridge-bedecked procedures in Whitehall. Can nothing ever be done quickly down there? The proposal has been up and running for YEARS now!!!! And this is work which will be paid for PRIVATELY….so why the hold-up?


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