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HS2 is a major project – the second high speed line to built in the UK. It will be a 360Km/h (225mph) line between London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and is due to open between 2029 – 2035.

For up to date information on the project click on the link below

HS 2 information

Avanti West Coast new trains for Holyhead and Liverpool: Class 805 and 807

Avanti West Coast has confirmed  that their new trains, from Hitachi, will be designated as Class 805 and Class 807.

Hitachi Rail Europe and Avanti West Coast signed a £350m deal to build and maintain 23 trains. The trains are set to be built at Hitachi’s County Durham factory.

Both the Class 805 and 807 are due to be enter service from 2022. Thirteen five-car Class 805s will be built – the Class 805 will be bi-mode trains meaning they can run on both diesel and electric power, whereas the Class 807 will be electric only.

Being bi-mode trains, the Class 805s will operate between London Euston and Holyhead. Avanti West Coast trains will be powered by electricity on the West Coast Main Line, before switching to diesel power at Crewe for the journey on the North Wales Coast via Chester, Rhyl, Llandudno and Bangor. The Class 805s are said to be numbered 805001 – 805013.

Class 807 will operate between London Euston, Birmingham and Liverpool Lime Street.  Class 221 Super Voyager fleet of trains will be withdrawn from service by Avanti West Coast. Those Class 807 are will be numbered 807001 – 807010.

There are 453 seats on a 7-car service and 301 seats on a 5-car service increasing compacity compared to the Class 221s, which have 258 seats.

The Class 390 Pendolino trains will remain in service and will undergo a refurbishment programme.

Class 345 for Elizabeth Line (When it opens!)

Constructed using strong, but lightweight materials such as aluminium for the body shell, the trains have been designed to be light, yet well equipped for performance and customer comfort with features such as intelligent lighting and temperature control systems.

The trains regenerate electricity back into the power supply when braking to use up to 30 per cent less energy, as well as delivering faster journey times than the old trains.

Large, clear areas around the doors allow quicker and easier boarding and alighting. A mixture of metro-style and bay seating will be available through the train, providing choice and comfort for customers. The trains will be driver-operated with on-train customer information systems delivering real-time travel information, allowing customers to plan their onward journeys whilst onboard.

The interior design and colour palette has been carefully selected to provide an accessible and welcoming environment. The design includes darker floors and natural finish materials that will wear in, and not wear out, ensuring they retain their high-quality feel for years to come. The light coloured ceilings also maximise the feeling of height and openness inside the new trains. The material and colour choices also align with Elizabeth line stations for a consistent customer experience.

There will be four dedicated wheelchair spaces on each train. In addition, there will be a number of multi-use spaces available, where seating can be tipped up to accommodate prams or luggage.

Great Northern completes £240m train fleet renewal for Herts passengers

Great Northern consigned the last of its 42-year-old Class 313 trains to history. Passengers on the route between London Moorgate and Stevenage, Hertford North and Welwyn Garden City are now travelling on modern, air-conditioned Class 717s.

This £240 million investment in 25 six-carriage Siemens-built Class 717 units has replaced the UK’s oldest mainline electric trains which first entered service in 1976.

Fast facts – new Class 717 trains vs Class 313s

New 717 trains

  • Capacity for 943 people – that’s nearly 100 more people per journey than those they replace (an 11% increase)
  • Air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and plug sockets at every pair of seats
  • First new train entered service on 25 March 2019
  • Now 25 new trains each with six carriages and 362 seats
  • Each train weighs approx. 204 tonnes (without passengers)
  • Open and interconnected carriages, allowing passengers to walk from one end of the train to the other
  • Run through three miles of ex-Tube tunnels, which used to be part of the Northern line, into Moorgate
  • Latest accessibility features; including more visible grab handles and wheelchair spaces with clear markings on the carriage exteriors
  • Brand new ‘snow mode’, which changes the way the brakes work to improve reliability in snowy conditions

Old 313 trains

  • In service for over 40 years making them mainland Britain’s oldest electric mainline trains
  • Travelled around 3 million miles since they were introduced in August 1976 – the equivalent to 120 trips around the earth, or more than six trips to the moon and back
  • Since first introduced, have carried over 460 million passengers – that’s seven times the population of the UK
  • When first introduced, ‘Don’t go breaking my heart’ by Elton John and Kiki Dee was number one and Southampton were holders of the FA Cup.

TransPennine Express officially launches its Nova train fleet

Nova 1: Class 802 – Nineteen of this bi-mode (diesel/electric) intercity-trains for routes between Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Edinburgh. Hitachi will maintain the Nova 1 trains in Edinburgh and Doncaster.

Nova 2: Class 397, 5-car-EMU based on CAF’s Civity-product. Twelve Nova 2 trains were ordered for train services connecting Manchester and Liverpool to Glasgow and Edinburgh via Preston.

Nova 3: Locomotive-hauled; a rake of CAF-built Mk5 coaches and a class 68 diesel locomotive. Nova 3 trains will serve passengers between Liverpool, Manchester Airport Scarborough, and Middlesbrough.


The first two of the 10 Stadler Flirt Class 745/1 electric multiple-units ordered for Greater Anglia’s Stansted Express service entered passenger service on the route between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport on July 28.

‘This milestone marks the start of the final phase of the programme to introduce the new trains being built for us by Stadler’, said Greater Anglia Franchise & Programmes Director Ian McConnell. ‘All 38 bimode regional trains and 10 electric inter-city trains are already in passenger service. Over the next six to nine months we will replace all the current trains on the Stansted Express services with new trains, as part of our phased programme for bringing our new trains into service. As we do so, we will be able to progressively transfer the current Stansted Express trains on to other West Anglia services, enabling some of the older trains to be withdrawn from service. This means many more passengers start to see the benefits of better trains, in advance of the introduction of our new commuter trains on West Anglia services, which is expected to begin in the latter half of 2021.’

The £600m order for Stadler to supply a total of 378 Flirt multiple-unit cars for the East Anglia franchise was signed by Abellio UK and leasing company Rock Rail on October 4 2016. It is being financed by the Rock Rail East Anglia joint venture of Rock Rail, Aberdeen Standard Investments and GLIL Infrastructure.

The 25 kV 50 Hz Class 745/1 trainsets for the Stansted Express airport services are technically similar to the 10 Class 745/0 units ordered for the London – Norwich inter-city route, but are standard class only and have additional luggage racks but no buffet.

Each trainset has 767 seats, with plug and USB sockets, free wi-fi and passenger information screens. Accessibility features include a lower floor than older trains, with a retractable step at every door to bridge the gap between the train and platform.

Greater Anglia New Trains

Follow this link to view the different types of units