TransPennine accepts first Hitachi-built ‘Nova 1’ set

TRANSPENNINE Express has accepted the first Hitachi Class 802 bi-mode train into its fleet.

Dubbed ‘Nova 1’, TPE received the set following approval from the Office of Rail and Road. 

TPE has ordered 19 five-carriage ‘Nova 1’ trains, each containing 342 seats, an extra 161 compared to its current Class 185 trains. 

They will be used between Manchester, Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh, and the plan is to phase them into service before the end of the year. 

The Class 802s are being tested over a wide area, and set No. 802215 worked a test run from Heaton on July 17, marking the first visit of the class to Scarborough – and the first EMU, too. ANDY MASON 

In respect of the ‘Nova 2’ and ‘Nova 3’ fleets, these are still undergoing rigorous testing. 

The ‘Nova 2’ is a CAF-built, five-car Class 397 EMU (12 ordered) which will work between Manchester Airport and Glasgow or Edinburgh, while the ‘Nova 3’
is a Class 68-hauled set of five carriages, with a driving trailer at one end. 

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