TransPennine Express introduced the second of its three new train fleets on September 28, with a Class 802/2 carrying out its first passenger duties.
The Hitachi five-car bi-mode entered traffic on the 0603 Newcastle-Liverpool Lime Street, and 0925 return.
This follows the soft launch in late August of the Class 68/Mk 5A fleet, which currently has two sets in action each day.
TPE’s first bi-mode unit in use was 802201. The operator has 19 five-car sets on order.
Each five-car Class 802/2 has 318 Standard and 24 First Class seats, compared with 167 Standard and 15 First Class on a three-car Class 185. There is storage for four bikes, while there are four Standard and one universal access toilet per set. Each train has power sockets at every pair of seats.
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