Delivery starts of TransPennine electric trains [IRJ]

Date: 03/12/2013

THE first of 10 class 350/4 emus has been delivered by Siemens to First TransPennine Express for operation between Manchester and Glasgow and Edinburgh. The four-car trains will start to replace three-car dmus on the route on December 30 following completion of electrification at 25kV ac between Manchester and the junction with the West Coast Main Line at Newton Le Willows. Each train will have 210 seats in standard class and 19 in first class. Although the trains are designed for operation at 177km/h, they will be restricted to 160km/h so journey times between Manchester and Scotland will not be reduced significantly. All 10 trains will be in service in time for the start of the summer timetable in May 2014 when the number of trains on the route will be increased from 15 to 19 per day.

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