First Nova 3 train accepted by TransPennine Express

Wed, April 17th, 2019

TransPennine Express accepted the first of 44 new five carriage trains

TransPennine Express accepted the first of 44 new five carriage trains, with the handover from Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) of a Nova 3 train following the completion of a comprehensive approvals process.

TransPennine Express will now be able to commence a period of Driver, Conductor and Customer Host training on this train prior to it entering into regular service for passengers over the coming months. The acceptance of this new train marks a key milestone towards providing additional seats across their entire network, with their existing trains being able to be incrementally increased from three carriages to six carriages as new trains are introduced and deployed.  They expect to accept the first of their Nova 2 (from CAF) and Nova 1 (from Hitachi Rail Europe) trains during the summer with those trains entering into service for passengers during this autumn.

They will introduce a Nova 3 train into passenger service as soon as possible following the May 2019 timetable change, working this around training requirements. On the basis that they have two Nova 3 trains available and training completed they plan that these two trains will go into regular passenger service from late July, and they plan to increase this to seven Nova 3 trains in service during the autumn – by which point all trains serving their Liverpool Lime Street to Scarborough route will Nova 3s.

When they will introduce the first two new Nova 3 trains into regular service they plan for them to operate the following peak time trains:

• 05:56 Liverpool Lime Street to Scarborough
• 06:56 Liverpool Lime Street to Scarborough
• 16:44 Scarborough to Liverpool Lime Street
• 17:44 Scarborough to Liverpool Lime Street

Over the coming weeks they will be operating Nova 3 between Liverpool Lime Street and Scarborough as they complete their employee training programme. 

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