Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, was delighted to visit Hull Paragon Interchange for a tour of a state-of-the-art Hitachi Class 802 train due to be introduced by Hull Trains later in the year.
Graham commented: “It’s no secret that 2018 was a challenging year for Hull Trains and a testing time for the patience of its passengers. My constituents have all too frequently expressed their frustration at Hull Trains’ delays and cancellations and the impact that this had on their day-to-day lives.
“I jumped at the opportunity of viewing a hi-tech 802 train as I wanted to experience exactly how the fleet would enhance the quality of rail travel for my constituents. I was also keen to gain a clearer picture of what this upgrade would mean for transport infrastructure in the region overall.
“The 802 struck me as modern, comfortable, and far more spacious than the trains currently in operation. However, while the interiors are important, reliability is the key factor for my constituents. Given that the trains are bi-modal, they will be able to travel along the East Coast Main Line’s electrified track, preventing disruption when the overhead lines are damaged. Crucially, the fleet also includes five trains as opposed to the three that the time table requires. I very much hope that these factors will herald a new era of improved and consistent services for passengers. Indeed, it is full steam ahead for Hull Trains.
“In the meantime, I appreciate that my constituents may have concerns about using the rail company’s services. A few weeks ago, I met with Louise Cheeseman, Managing Director of Hull Trains, who assured me that a High-Speed Train has been added to the current fleet and that this has already driven significant improvements.
“The Hull Trains upgrade is a milestone moment and a positive step towards revolutionising the region’s transport network. Transport infrastructure whether by rail or road is vital to economic growth and the well-being of my constituents, so I will continue to do all I can to ensure that Beverley and Holderness benefits from a high-quality transport network.”