British open access rail operator Hull Trains, property of FirstGroup, has ordered five trainsets type AT300 from Hitachi Rail, funded through leasing company Angel Trains. The hybrid trains (diesel + electric) are to be used on the East Coast Main Line and will cost 60 million pound.
Starting at London King’s Cross station, they’ll run to Hull and Beverley. The trains, the designated class 802, will have 327 seats, twenty percent more compared to the current rolling stock (5-car class 180 ‘Adelante’, property of Alpha Trains). Hitachi’s AT300 standard train design is largely identical to the rolling stock for UK’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP). Biggest different is the installment of larger fuel tanks and diesel engines with 700 kW motor output, as opposed to 560 kW for IEP trains.
Hitachi Rail will be responsible for the maintenance of the trains, which will take place in Bounds Green in North London. Delivery will commence in 2019.