Great Western Railway unveiled its first Intercity Express Programme (IEP) Class 800 at Reading on June 30, carrying invited passengers to London Paddington.
The five-car bi-mode train (800004) is the first of 86 trains ordered for the Great Western franchise. The trains will enter traffic from July 2017, introduced initially on services to Bristol and South Wales.
A major timetable change is planned for 2018, and by the end of the GWR franchise the IEP and AT300 fleets will have replaced the five Class 180s and 54 High Speed Trains.
GWR will take delivery of 36 five-car bi-mode trains that will enter traffic first, followed by 21 nine-car bi-mode trains (originally ordered as electric multiple units) and 29 AT300s that GWR is including in the ‘800 series’ of trains.
They are being built by Hitachi, and are owned by Agility Trains. Depots for the fleet have been constructed at Swansea and Stoke Gifford (Bristol), while Hitachi has taken over the former Eurostar depot at North Pole to house the IEPs.
- Read more about this in RAIL 804, published on July 6.
- Read more about the launch in RAIL 805, published on July 20.