British Rail Class 397

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British Rail Class 397 Civity
Manufacturer CAF
Built at Beasain, Spain[1]
Family name Civity
Replaced Class 350/4
Constructed 2017-
Number under construction 12 units to be built
An option for 22 extra units is available[2]
Formation 5 carriages per unit
Fleet numbers 397001–397012
Capacity 286 seats
(264 in standard, 22 in first class)[3]
Operator(s) TransPennine Express
Train length 118 m (387 ft 2 in)[4]
Maximum speed 125 mph (201 km/h)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Class 397 Civity[5] is a class of electric multiple unit which is to be constructed for TransPennine Express by Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF. A total of twelve five-car units are to be built, and will enter service in spring 2019.[6][7]


The announcement of new trains was made by First when it was confirmed that they would become the next operator of the TransPennine Express franchise from 1 April 2016.[8] In May 2016 it was announced by TransPennine Express that they had ordered twelve new five-car electric multiple units from CAF to replace the fleet of ten four-car Class 350/4 Desiro units which presently operate TransPennine Express' services between Liverpool, Manchester and Scotland.[9]

Testing of the first set began at the Velim railway test circuit in July 2018. [10]

TransPennine Express have branded its new fleet under the general name Nova, with the Class 397 units branded as Nova 2.[11]

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator No. Built Year Built Cars per Set Unit nos.
Class 397 TransPennine Express 12 2017- 5 397001–397012

1: ^ An option for another 22 units is available.[12]

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