Rail News

Hitachi Begins Work on Virgin Trains’ Azuma Fleet

Virgin Trains’ customers are a step closer to new trains as work begins on the Azuma fleet (Class 800), due to enter service on the east coast in 2018.

Work on the bodyshells is taking place in Kasado, Japan, before the trains arrive in the UK to be built by Hitachi’s manufacturing team in the North East. Hitachi’s UK train manufacturing team at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, is home to over 900 employees including over 50 apprentices. UK build work on the Virgin Azuma will begin this summer.

Azuma Trains
Hitachi Begins Work on Virgin Trains’ Azuma Fleet © Virgin Trains

New Azuma Trains

The Virgin Azuma will transform travel and customer experiences when it arrives on the east coast main line next year. The fleet of 65 trains will provide an extra 12,200 seats, and faster journeys will make direct routes to new destinations such as London-Middlesbrough possible, as well as a big increase in through services from London to places such as Bradford, Harrogate and Lincoln.

Related Post:  UK: New Faster Safer Isolations Technology to Save Time and Improve Worker Safety

David Horne, Managing Director of Virgin Trains on the east coast, said:

“We are very excited to be moving closer to the day when our fantastic new train comes into service. The arrival of Azuma in 2018 will mark another milestone on our journey towards totally transforming travel for our customers, and the work happening now in Kasado and beginning in the summer at Newton Aycliffe are important steps on that journey.”

Karen Boswell, Managing Director at Hitachi Rail Europe, added:

“The new Azuma fleet will be a combination of Japanese design and British manufacturing. The trains are built using Japanese bullet train technology, world famous for its quality and reliability. We are proud that our Newton Aycliffe team, based a short distance from the East Coast main line, will work on pioneering trains used by millions of passengers”

Original article © Virgin Trains.

Related Post:  Secure Cycle Parking at Train Stations – What Today's Commuters Want

FOR ALL THE LATEST INFORMATION, NEWS, IMAGES, VIDEOS AND ARTICLES ON ALL ASPECTS OF ROLLING STOCK, PLEASE CLICK HERE

News categories

18 Jan 2019
Secure Cycle Parking at Train Stations – What Today’s Commuters Want
18 Jan 2019
Eurotunnel Invests Several Million in Brexit Contingency Planning
14 Jan 2019
13 Must-Read Rail News Stories – Industry Insider for Weeks 1 and 2
07 Jan 2019
Alstom and Eversholt Rail Reveal New Hydrogen Train Design for the UK
03 Jan 2019
Starting Strong: The United Kingdom’s New Rolling Stock for 2019
20 Dec 2018
Millian Announce Keynote Speaker for CP6 Launch Event
19 Dec 2018
New Exhibitors to Make Debut at NEC for Railtex 2019
17 Dec 2018
11 Must-Read Rail News Stories for Week 50
Subscribe to Railway-News
Get the latest contract alerts and Railway News emailed directly to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously.

Please tick to confirm you would like to receive emails we think may be of interest to you. We sometimes tailor the content you see to what we think you'll find interesting, and so monitor your interaction with our website and email content (find out more).