1. ITV Report

New trains for East Coast line worth £6 billion

ITV News can exclusively reveal the final designs of a new generation of InterCity trains soon to take to the tracks in the region.

Work is underway on the first of hundreds of new bullet-style carriages in Japan for East Coast and Great Western trains, at a cost of almost £6 billion.

Rail bosses hope with with extra seats and space they should help ease the overcrowding crisis suffered by passengers.

New bullet-style trains

Hitachi who are building the trains have got a great track record for building reliable trains. We'll see a much more modern interior than we have today. There'll be customer information screens, CCTV and air-conditioning.

– Jon Colley, East Coast Trains
Interior of full-size mock-up train.
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Full size mock-ups of several carriages were secretly built to get the views of watchdogs and the rail industry and the final design is about to be approved by the Government.

The routes that will serve our region are:

1) London to Stevenage, Peterborough, Grantham, Newark, Lincoln, Retford and on to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

2) London to Retford, Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, York, Selby, Hull, Bradford, Shipley, Harrogate, Keighley, Skipton, Northallerton, Darlington and on to Edinburgh and Glasgow