Vehicles for Hitachi’s first LNER Azuma to be assembled at Newton Aycliffe have started to arrive at the County Durham site.
Deliveries for nine-car bi-mode 800102 began on July 9. The bodyshells are fabricated in Kasado (Japan) before being shipped to the UK for assembly.
Hitachi spokesman Nina Harding confirmed that Azuma production would start in July at the site. The trains will enter traffic from next year.
LNER Azumas already in the UK are all products of Kasado, with 800101 having arrived in 2015. Others in the UK are 800103/105/107, 800201/202, 801101/102, 801201. The Class 800s are bi-mode trains, with the ‘800/1s’ nine-car sets and the ‘800/2s’ five-car. The Class 801s are electric multiple units, with ‘801/1s’ the five-car and ‘801/2s’ the nine-car trains.
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