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Avanti confirms class numbers for Hitachi train order

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.

 

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  • John Devlin - 13/06/2020 17:32

    Will at some point the 805 and 807 fleet be used to Glasgow from London?

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    • Duncan Wilson - 25/06/2020 04:34

      Hope not.

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  • Joff - 16/06/2020 08:47

    When will X Country be ordering these! What percentage of the Glasgow to Plymouth services , are under the wires?

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    • Duncan Wilson - 25/06/2020 04:43

      On the Glasgow to Plymouth service, the Glasgow to Colton Junction via Edinburgh, Newcastle, and York section is electrified, as is the route from Neville Hill East Junction to South Kirby Junction via Leeds and Wakefield Westgate. So is the section across Birmingham, and for a few miles east of Bristol Parkway.

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  • Richard - 20/06/2020 00:08

    Insanity. 7-car trains. The slightly longer length does not make up for 9-car or 11-car Pendolinos. Who makes these stupid decisions?! Have they ever looked at the trains that already exist? Clearly not. Without tilt they'll also lose valuable minutes. Acceleration cannot thrash the Pendolino, merely edge it. I hate the rail industry. They make all the wrong decisions and passe gers pay the price - poor seats, trains that are too short, cheap interiors and on it goes.

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