New trains to be built in UK will reduce journey times

A £1.2 billion contract for new 140mph trains that will reduce journey times on key routes has been announced by the Government.

File photo of a passenger waiting for a train from London. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A total of 270 carriages will be manufactured in Britain as part of the Government's £5.8 billion Intercity Express Programme and the trains will be operational on the East Coast Main Line from 2019.

Capacity will be boosted by 18%, improving train reliability, and journey times between London, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh cut by up to 18 minutes.

The plan is a boost for Hitachi Rail Europe's manufacturing facility in County Durham with 730 jobs set to be created by the order.