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TransPennine Express launches new £500m fleet

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TransPennine Express has launched its new 'Nova' fleet of trains in a ceremony at York Railway Station.

Stakeholders and dignitaries from across Yorkshire and the North of England were on platform two at York station to welcome the new fleet. The brand-new Nova train was unveiled to the public and is part of a £500 million investment in new trains by TransPennine Express.

Our vision was for Nova to represent the brightest future for rail in the north and we are so pleased to today make this vision a reality for customers.

“The name Nova reflects the positive changes that will truly transform rail travel for our customers, with an enhancement to customers experience on board and an increase in capacity of 80% on all routes.

Our vision at TPE is to take the north further and these new trains offer more seats, improved connectivity and a higher standard of comfort.”

– Managing Director of TransPennine Express

The new 44-train fleet was built by Hitachi and each train offers between 286-342 seats and five carriages.

The fleet will nearly double the number of seats available to passengers with up to 161 extra places per train.

Nova train features:

  • High quality seating and interiors
  • More luggage space
  • Free on-board wi-fi
  • Entertainment system: Exstream (featuring the latest TV shows, news and films)
  • Nearly double the amount of seats
  • Incorporates bullet train technology