On Thursday 25 July, TransPennine Express (TPE) accepted the first of their new Nova 2 trains from Spanish manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF).
The acceptance of the first Nova 2 unit means that TPE has now accepted trains from each of the Nova fleets, Nova 3, 2, and 1, with more trains being delivered over the coming weeks. Nova 2 will run from Manchester to Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as Liverpool to Glasgow, entering customer service from the Autumn.
Chris Nutton, TPE Major Projects Director, said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve now accepted the first of our Nova 2 trains, meaning we now have at least one of each of our Nova fleets. This particular train has completed many thousands of miles of fault free running over the last few months, and the project is progressing as planned. Together with our partners we’re working hard to get our fantastic new trains into service as soon as possible, and by the end of the year we’ll have trains from all our Nova fleets running across the North and into Scotland.
CAF UK Director Richard Garner comments: “The acceptance of the Nova 2 is the culmination of a hugely successful team approach between our company, TPE and Eversholt Rail. The high-quality, high-performance trains are a variant of the highly successful Civity platform, capable of speeds of 125mph and will provide TPE customers across the North of England and Scotland with a transformed on-board experience, making a real difference to this important and busy rail network.”
Stephen Timothy, Eversholt Rail Client Relations Director, said “I am delighted that the first of our new Nova 2 trains has been accepted. This is the culmination of fantastic team work across TPE, CAF and Eversholt Rail and a big step towards bringing these brand new trains into service for TPE passengers”
Each high quality Nova train features spacious, comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi in both First and Standard Class, plug sockets and USB charging points, improved information systems and access to complimentary Exstream entertainment.