Avanti West Coast has confirmed to RailAdvent that their new trains, from Hitachi, will be designated as Class 805s and Class 807s.
Hitachi Rail Europe and Avanti West Coast signed a £350m deal to build and maintain 23 trains. The trains are set to be built at Hitachi’s County Durham factory.
Both the 805s and 807s are due to be entering service from 2022. Thirteen five-car Class 805s will be built – the 805s will be bi-mode trains meaning they can run on both diesel and electric power, whereas the Class 807s will be electric only.
Being bi-mode trains, the Class 805s will operate between London Euston and Holyhead. Avanti West Coast trains will be powered by electricity on the West Coast Main Line, before switching to diesel power at Crewe for the journey on the North Wales Coast via Chester, Rhyl, Llandudno and Bangor. The Class 805s are said to be numbered 805001 – 805013.
Class 807s will operate between London Euston, Birmingham and Liverpool Lime Street. All 23 trains will mean that the Class 221 Super Voyager fleet of trains will be withdrawn from service by Avanti West Coast. These Class 807s are said to be numbered 807001 – 807010.
There are 453 seats on a 7-car service and 301 seats on a 5-car service increasing compacity compared to the Class 221s, which have 258 seats.
The Class 390 Pendolino trains will remain in service and will undergo a refurbishment programme.
These 125mph trains join the ever-growing numbers of Class 800/802s in Britain, with LNER, Hull Trains, TransPennine Express and Great Western Railway all operating them in passenger service as well as the new Class 810s set to enter service with East Midlands Railway.
First Trenitalia has already signed a Maintenance Agreement with Alstom to enable the trains to be maintained by a joint team from Hitachi and Alstom at the Oxley Depot in Wolverhampton.
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