Class 805s and ‘807s’ will be the designation for the Intercity Express Trains ordered by Avanti West Coast from Hitachi Rail Europe.
Funded by Rock Rail and ASI in a £350 million deal, the trains are due to enter traffic from 2022. Thirteen five-car bi-mode Class 805s will be delivered (805001-805013), as well as ten seven-car electric Class 807s (807001-807010). They will be built at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe facility in the North East.
The ‘807s’ will operate between London Euston, the West Midlands and Liverpool Lime Street, while the ‘805s’ will run from Euston to North Wales. The latter will enable AWC to dispense with its Class 221 Super Voyager fleet.