TransPennine Express Welcomes Brand New Nova 1 Trains
by Traveleads | July 10, 2019 | Latest News
TransPennine Express has hailed a “major milestone” for rail travel in the North and Scotland as it welcomed the first of its new Nova 1 trains last week.
The trains have been build by Hitachi Rail and financed by Angel Trains. The bullet-style Nova 1 trains will mean more carriages and extra seats for passengers.
The fleet will carry passengers on the route between: Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Morpeth and Edinburgh and will start to be phased into service, as planned, before the end of the year.
Testing of both the Nova 2 and Nova 3 fleets is ongoing, with three of the latter already accepted. However, the company says further faults have been identified, meaning the first of the Nova 3s will not enter service until the end of summer 2019.
Major projects director Chris Nutton said: “The acceptance of the first Nova 1 train is a key step towards the introduction of more trains and more carriages for customers. Together with our partners, we are working hard to get each of our Nova fleets into service as soon as possible. By the end of this year, trains from all three fleets will be operating across the North and into Scotland, providing 13 million extra seats.”
Karen Boswell, Managing Director Hitachi Rail said:
“This is another fantastic milestone which will soon see the Northern Powerhouse connected with modern reliable trains. They will double the number of seats for TransPennine passengers on intercity services between major cities across the North.”
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