New commuter trains are set to be rolled out across the West Coast Main Line, and will be used on commuter routes passing through Coventry.
And, ahead of their introduction into passenger service next year, a first look at the new fleet has been shared by train operator London Northwestern Railway.
Pictures, taken at the Bombardier manufacturing facility in Derby, show one of the new electric trains, which will operate the line between Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston – via Coventry and Warwickshire.
Over time, dozens of the new trains will be rolled out, offering passengers features such as air conditioning systems, free WiFi, at-seat power and USB sockets.
It is thought that the new Class 730 fleet will also have an improved wheelchair space and bicycle storage.
At this time, the first of the new trains have been completed, and are currently undergoing testing in Europe – ahead of their expected introduction into passenger service.
London Northwestern Railway has confirmed that they have ordered 45 new trains for the West Coast Main Line – a total of 225, which will likely be a familiar sight to passengers at Coventry Railway Station.
Meanwhile, their sister company West Midlands Railway has ordered 108 carriages for its Birmingham services – and though they operate the Leamington to Nuneaton line, it is not clear whether the new trains could be used on this route too.
What has been said about the new trains?
Julian Edwards, managing director of London Northwestern Railway, said: “These superb new electric trains will enhance the travelling experience for our customers and I am delighted to see for myself that progress has been continuing apace despite the challenge of coronavirus.
“This is one of two new fleets we are introducing as we increase our capacity by 25% as we continue to welcome passengers back to the railway.
“Now more than ever our £700m investment into our new train projects will play a vital role in the future of train travel right across our network.”
Matt Byrne, President UK & Ireland Bombardier Transportation said: “These cutting-edge AVENTRA trains will transform journeys for LNR’s passengers all along the West Coast Main Line. Designed and built here in the UK, they represent the future of rail travel for the LNR network.”
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