Our pioneering intercity trains run the length and breadth of the UK, from Penzance to the Highlands. By the end of 2020, we will have 181 new intercity trains in service, delivering more seats, modern interiors and faster journey times for millions of passengers.
Our intercity trains can be either fully electric or bi-mode. The bi-mode capability is a world-leading innovation, which allows the train to switch seamlessly between diesel and electric power joining people and communities on electrified and non-electrified routes.
Our intercity train is like no other when running under diesel power. The modern engines used are clean and quiet - minimising harmful emissions.
Hitachi is proud to be delivering the Government-funded £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme, delivering pioneering intercity trains for the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line
Great Western Main Line (GWR) - 97 trains providing an additional 10,000 seats every day, improving reliability and receiving positive passenger feedback.
East Coast Main Line (LNER) - 65 trains, delivering faster and more frequent services along the route, significantly boosting peak-time capacity.
Transpennine Express - 19 trains connecting the North of England and Scotland, offering modern interiors, the possibility of faster journeys and an additional 161 seats per train.
Hull Trains - Five trains connecting London to Yorkshire & Humber, running in electric mode along the East Coast Main Line and modern diesel engines on other stretches of the route.
East Coast Trains – five trains running from London to Edinburgh, offering a real and zero-emission alternative to lost cost airlines.
Avanti West Coast – 23 trains bringing additional capacity to services along the West Coast Main Line, with 10 electric trains to operate between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool, and 13 bi-mode trains for the North Wales route.
Introduced in 2009, Hitachi’s Class 395 became the first and only high speed passenger train in the UK. Launching a preview service six months ahead of schedule in June 2009, it is a great example of how Hitachi Rail has brought Japanese bullet-train technology to the UK.
The ’Javelin’ is still the fastest domestic train in the country, capable of operating at a maximum speed of 140mph. It was the first of its kind in Britain – working on dual voltage systems; both on the high speed line and on the classic network in Kent, and able to cope with a multitude of signalling systems along the routes it serves.
Playing a major role in the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the fleet reduced journey times, whisking spectators to the Olympic Park to St. Pancras and Ashford International in just 6 minutes.
The introduction of the high speed Javelin trains has improved service reliability, increased passenger satisfaction and has helped to boost the Kent tourism economy in the UK by £1bn over the last decade.