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£4.5bn in investment for intercity trains could speed up journeys

The Department for Transport announced a £4.5bn investment in new trains with the award of a contract to finance, build and maintain new intercity trains.

Agility Trains, a consortium of Hitachi and John Laing, will provide 596 new trains replacing the Intercity 125 stock first deployed in the 70s and 80s. The new trains will be faster accelerating and therefore offer the opportunity to run more frequent services when they start service in five years' time.

Hitachi will assemble the new fleet...

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26 Jul 2012

Did anyone check this article before it was printed? I do not belive 596 "new trains" have been ordered. Surely this is 596 new coaches. Whilst such an error might not be spotted in the mainstream press it should have been in a magazine which seeks to be authoritative in these matters.

John Baggaley