Hull Trains has confirmed that the first of its £60m fleet of new hi-tech trains will be in service by November.
Built by Hitchai in Japan, the state-of-the-art trains are being finished in Italy, where Spanish-made seats are being installed.
Hull Trains is replacing its entire current fleet of Class 180s with five new intercity Class 802 trains in the biggest project in the company’s 19-year history, and is confident that all five will be in service by the end of December.
Richard Vernon, Fleet Project Engineer at Hull Trains, has recently returned to the UK having been in Italy. He said: “These trains really are a reality now and later this year our customers will be travelling on them between Hull and London. They really are taking shape and look really impressive.
“It really is an exciting phase in the project for us because we are deep into the production process now and to see a sea of blue in the assembly house really is extraordinary.
“We are on schedule for the first train to arrive in the UK in August, and by November the first train will be in passenger use.
“Looking at them you really can see how they will transform rail travel between Hull and London.”