Thursday December 5, passengers experienced the future of rail travel between Hull and London as the first train from Hull Trains’ Paragon fleet completed its maiden voyage.
The service departed Hull at 10.33 and returned from London Kings Cross at 13:48, carrying more than 300 passengers.
The news comes as two more trains from the £60 million state-of-the-art fleet continue final safety tests in the UK after arriving in the UK from Hitachi Rail’s factory in Italy.
Maryanne Tennyson, on board host instructor for Hull Trains said: “Travelling on the very first journey has been a real experience and one I won’t forget for a long time. The atmosphere on the train was fantastic, the whole crew were so excited and speaking to all the passengers, I know they were too. A lot of people commented on how much smoother the journey was and the new at-seat trolley service was really popular too.”
Louise Cheeseman, managing director from Hull Trains added: “This is a landmark moment in the history of Hull Trains and marks a new beginning for our staff and the people of Hull. This £60 million investment in transport strengthens our connectivity to the capital, positioning Hull as a leading city of the north.
“Once fully operational, 5,500 more people will be able to travel every week and will enjoy a quieter and smoother ride. Crew and driver training continue as our team continues to roll out all five trains from the hi-tech fleet into passenger service by early 2020.”
[Sarah Howells – CWA]