COMPLETION of the construction of the first bodyshell for the new Mk5a carriages for the TransPennine Express franchise has been confirmed by the operator.
CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), in Spain, is producing 66 carriages for TransPennine, which will be formed into 13 five-carriage sets that will include a driving carriage.
Three vehicles will be maintenance spares.
Each train will have 291 seats and offer passengers free wi-fi, plug sockets, USB ports, improved information systems, and an on-board media server for streaming TV shows and films.
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