Published at 16:00 on Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Tags: EMR, East Midlands Railway, Hitachi, New Trains

An artists impression of how the new East Midlands Railway Class 800 bi-mode trains will look. Hitachi

East Midlands Railway has confirmed that its new bi-mode trains from Hitachi will be designated Class 800.

Rumours suggesting that the fleet would receive a previously unused class identity, potentially Class 804, because of their shorter 24-metre vehicles, are inaccurate according to an EMR spokesman. The fleet is due to enter service from 2022.

The while the current HST fleet will be updated, using powercars and coaching stock made redundant by LNER, the Mk3s will only last until December this year. From the December timetable change, the introduction of the Class 360s on St Pancras to Corby workings, along with the start of Class 180 operations from the same date, will allow EMR to remove the nine HST sets from service.

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