Hitachi has received the first bodyshell for Great Western Railway’s fleet of Class 802 bi-mode trains, being built at its Pistoia factory in Italy.
The order supplements the Department for Transport’s Inter-city Express (IEP) procurement of 57 Class 800 trains and will be used primarily on services between London and the West Country. A total of 22×5-car and 14×9-car units has been ordered, and the fleet will be phased into passenger service from summer 2018, with the final train entering service in 2019.
The majority of the ‘802’ order was placed by GWR in 2015 as part of its direct award franchise, and the fleet is being financed by Eversholt Rail. An additional seven nine-car units were added to the order in 2016 for services between London and Oxford/Bedwyn as a result of delays to the electrification programme on the Great Western route. Three test trains (two five-car units and one nine-car unit) are due to arrive in Southampton from this summer to begin testing on coastal stretches; during this time the fleet will based at Hitachi’s Stoke Gifford depot in Bristol. The first newly-built train to arrive from Italy will reach the UK in winter 2017.