THE first Class 802/2 five-car bi-mode for UK testing and destined for use with TransPennine Express left Hitachi’s Kasado works in Japan on April 17, embarking on a two-month voyage to the UK.
Set No. 802201 will be one of three pre-series sets being built in Japan for testing, the remainder of the fleet will be built in Pistoia, Italy.
TransPennine has ordered 19 bi-mode trains which will enter service in 2019 on routes between Manchester and Liverpool, across the Pennines to Leeds, York, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Each set will offer free wi-fi, complimentary on-board entertainment, and have device charging points.
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