fleet of trains will bring improved journeys to the south west
passengers are set to benefit from better and faster journeys
after the government gave the go-ahead for a brand new fleet of
trains running between London and Cornwall.
deal will allow First Great Western to buy 29 new long-distance
trains to serve the south west from 2018.
state-of-the-art trains, pictured here, will have up to 24% more
seats compared to the majority of the trains serving the route
today, creating more than 1,000 additional peak-time seats every
privately funded £360 million fleet, which will be manufactured
by Hitachi, will also cut journey times.
trains, which are more powerful, greener and more efficient than
the current fleet, will replace the existing 40-year-old trains
on the route.
Great Western put forward the plans for the new trains as part
of the deal with the government, announced in March, that sees
the operator continue to run services between London Paddington,
the Cotswolds, South Wales and the South West until April 2019.
Great Western Deputy Managing Director, Andrew Mellors, said:
"We warmly welcome the announcement today that our recommendations
to introduce a new fleet of trains to serve customers between
Devon and Cornwall and London have been approved by the Department
know how important the railway is to the economies and communities
of the south west, and today's agreement is fantastic news for
the region and the rail industry as a whole. These trains will
help us deliver faster, more frequent services in the south west,
and create an additional 1,000 peak-time seats a day for customers
on the route.
trains, which are capable of operating on both non-electric and
electric routes, are similar in design to Hitachis new Intercity
minister Claire Perry said: "These new trains will make a
real difference to the millions of commuters, business travellers
and tourists who use this route every year. This industry initiative
goes hand-in-hand with the work this Government is doing to reverse
decades of underinvestment in transport infrastructure in regions
like the south west. This will not only mean better journeys for
customers, it will also help to secure long-term economic growth
across the country. Like the new IEP trains serving cities in
the North of England, this new fleet will help to open up the
region for investment."