British Rail Class 802
|British Rail Class 802 AT300|
|In service||18 August 2018 |
|Manufacturer||Hitachi Rail Europe|
Kasado factory (Japan)|
Newton Aycliffe (UK)
Class 180 Adelante
Class 185 Desiro
|Number under construction||
46 x 5-car|
14 x 9-car
326 (GWR 5-car)|
342 (TPE 5-car)
655 (GWR 9-car)
327 (HT 5-car)
Great Western Railway|
Great Western Main Line|
Cornish Main Line
East Coast Main Line
|Car body construction||Aluminium|
|Car length||26 m (85 ft 4 in)|
|Prime mover(s)||MTU 12V 1600 R80L|
|Engine type||V 12|
|Power output||700 kW (940 hp) per engine|
|Acceleration||1 m/s2 (3.3 ft/s2)|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead lines|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Safety system(s)||AWS, TPWS, ETCS, ATP|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The British Rail Class 802 is a type of bi-mode multiple unit train being built by Hitachi Rail Europe for Great Western Railway (GWR), TransPennine Express and Hull Trains, based on the Hitachi A-train design.
The type will be used initially on the Great Western Main Line, running from London to Plymouth and Penzance along with the HSTs, as well as additional services to Oxford and along the Cotswold Line. The first two units entered traffic on 18 August 2018.
In mid 2015, Great Western Railway announced that it had secured the procurement of 173 new rail vehicles from Hitachi Rail, with further options for another 150 vehicles. At the time, GWR was beginning the process of introducing a brand new fleet of intercity trains as part of the Government's Intercity Express Programme. This project involved the procurement of both wholly electric units (Class 801), and "bi-mode" trains (Class 800), capable of running either using OHLE or on-board diesel traction. These trains were intended to replace the existing High Speed Trains following the electrification of the Great Western Main Line. However, electrification will only go as far as Bristol, with the route beyond requiring diesel traction (hence the need to procure trains capable of operating without overhead wires). The purchase of 173 additional vehicles was with the intention that these new bi-mode trains, similar to the Class 800s, would be used on services into Devon and Cornwall. These new trains would consist of 22 five-car and 7 nine-car units. The option for a further 150 vehicles would be formed into another 30 five-car units.
Initially, owing to Hitachi's facility at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham being at capacity, the intention was to construct the new trains at the Kasado factory in Kudamatsu in Japan. However, following Hitachi's purchase of the Italian train manufacturer AnsaldoBreda, construction was moved to Hitachi's Pistoia plant, with the first unit being completed in February 2018. The trains are expected to enter service with GWR from 2018, and are also expected to reduce journey times from London to Exeter by up to five minutes, to Plymouth by up to six minutes, and to Penzance by up to 14 minutes.
The Class 802s will be broadly identical to the Class 800 bi-mode trains used in the Intercity Express Programme, and will be used in a similar way; they will run as electric trains where possible, and will be equipped with the same diesel engines as the Class 800. However, they will utilise higher engine operating power – 700 kW (940 hp) per engine as opposed to 560 kW (750 hp) – and be fitted with larger fuel tanks to cope with the gradients and extended running in diesel mode expected on the long unelectrified stretches they will operate on.
Great Western Railway
Main line testing of the Class 802 began in Somerset in August 2017. They were due to be introduced on 16 July 2018. A demonstration run for invited guests from Penzance to Exeter St Davids was held on 17 August 2018. The first two units (802006 and 802007) entered traffic the following day on 18 August 2018, on a Bristol Temple Meads to Swansea service.
In November 2016, Hull Trains announced that it was procuring 5 five-car AT300 sets to replace the Alstom Class 180 diesel multiple-units which it currently uses.
TransPennine Express will receive 19 five-car Class 802 sets to operate primarily on the North Transpennine Line between Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Production began in December 2017, and testing began on the East Coast Main Line during July 2018, with the fleet due to enter service from summer 2019.
TransPennine Express have branded the new trains it is procuring under the general name Nova, with the Class 802 units branded as Nova 1.
|Class||Operator||No. Built||Year Built||Coaches||Unit nos.|
|Class 802/0||Great Western Railway||22||2017–19||5||802001–802022|
|Class 802/2||TransPennine Express||19||5||802201–802219|
|Class 802/3||Hull Trains||5||5||802301–802305|
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