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New Intercity Express Trains

From 2018, passengers in the South West will experience new trains as the fleet of Class 802 Intercity Express Trains connect London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and many more communities.

Part of GWR's new Intercity fleet, the 36 Class 802s are fitted with bi-mode technology, allowing trains to use both diesel and electric power, ensuring passengers experience new trains as soon as possible.

Passengers will benefit from over a fifth more seats per train, more frequent trains and shorter journey times.

The IET is designed to withstand the region's variable weather conditions, including routes along the Dawlish coast. These new trains harness Hitachi's Japanese bullet train technology and will offer a step-change in the journey experience for passengers.

Mark Hopwood, Managing Director of GWR, said:

"We know how important the railway is to the economies and communities of the South West, and the start of testing today marks another milestone in delivering the improvements we know our passengers wish to see.

"These trains will help us deliver faster, more frequent services into the South West, each providing up to a fifth more seats per train."

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