A new fleet of eco-friendly high-speed trains will be running through York in the near future.
Today (Thursday), LNER how a fleet of ten new tri-mode trains will look.
The long-distance trains will be able to operate in electric, battery or diesel mode on the East Coast Main Line.
LNER says the benefits of tri-mode trains range from a reduction in emissions, particulates, noise and vibration pollution, lower maintenance and operating costs and upgradeable technology.
They expect an increase in range and performance as the technology develops further.
Battery power reduces the need to use diesel traction in areas where overhead powerlines are not available.
Complementing the modern Azuma fleet of 65 trains, the new ten-coach trains will “help LNER achieve its vision of becoming the most loved, progressive and trusted train operator in the UK, delivering an exceptional service for the customers and communities served along its 956-mile network”.
CAF has been named as the successful bidder to deliver the fleet, with Porterbrook the financier.
David Horne, managing director at LNER, said: “Successfully delivering this new fleet is an integral part of LNER’s Business Plan. Our focus is ensuring we create a fleet that truly matches the needs of all our customers, with clear targets on setting new standards for comfort, accessibility, and exceptional customer service.”
He said the new fleet of trains will keep LNER on track to reduce its emissions by 67 per cent by 2035 and be net zero by 2045.
“LNER has already reduced carbon emissions by 50 per cent compared with 2018/19. Per mile, LNER trains produce 15 times less carbon emissions than a domestic flight,” a spokesperson said.
Rail minister Huw Merriman said: “Replacing ageing rolling stock is crucial to the sustainability, reliability and growth of our rail network, and I’m delighted passengers travelling on LNER services will benefit from improved services and greener journeys on these modern trains.
“Private sector investment plays an important role within the UK rail industry and this order will help drive economic growth across the country while supporting skilled jobs.”