Class 802s will start operating two booked duties with Great Western Railway from July 16.
Two pairs of five-car sets will be used, replacing High Speed Trains on the West of England route. These are the first booked service for GWR’s new Hitachi trains west of Taunton, which is currently served by Class 800/0 Intercity Express Trains (IETs).
There are currently two five-car Class 802/0s (802001/002) undergoing testing and commissioning in the UK, as well as nine-car 802101.
Two more five-car ‘802/0s’ (802003/004) are on their way from Pistoia (Italy), where Hitachi Rail Europe is building the fleet. However, they are currently unable to travel through France due to strike action by SNCF.
In total, GWR has 22 five-car and 14 nine-car Class 802s on order, in a £497 million deal financed by Eversholt Rail.
- For the FULL story including details of the trains the '802s' will operate, read RAIL 851, available on iPad and Android from April 21, and published on April 25.