Final Hull Trains Class 802 arrives in Europe

Image showing Class 802 at Hull Paragon station

26th March 2019

Another milestone has been reached for Hull Trains as the fifth and final train in the new £60m fleet arrived in Europe for internal fitting ahead of schedule this week. Built at Hitachi Rail’s manufacturing plant in Kasado, Japan, they will become the youngest entire fleet in the country when introduced on services to and from the capital.

Construction on the five strong fleet began in Japan in May 2018 and the first of the trains is due to arrive in the UK on August 29. Testing will then commence and the fleet will be introduced to service one by one. It may also be possible to see the trains on test in the UK as early as September when Hitachi Rail carry out test runs, known as a “rattle run.”

Richard Vernon, Fleet Project Engineer at Hull Trains said:

“To get all the trains to Europe was a big step for us. It means no more shipping will be needed because to get them from Italy to the UK they will be rail hauled across, which is a fairly swift process. Getting the start of the interiors built was an exciting process because we were seeing the physical trains taking shape for the first time. In Italy we are now working on Hull Trains specific interior parts in reality and this process has been two years in the making. It is so exciting to see the physical trains, having been working off drawings and plans for so long.”

Louise Cheeseman, the firm’s MD said:

I'm anticipating we will be the best train operating company in the UK come November when we start introducing our new trains. We will have £60m of trains for the people of Hull and those who travel down the line – there is no other company which can offer that. These trains will revolutionise rail travel and improve reliability across our services.”

Author: Darren Porter
Image: Hull Trains