In July 2012 Agility Trains East entered into the second phase contract under the Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme for the provision of 65 new trains and associated depot facilities for the East Coast Mainline. This contract required Agility Trains East to seek the necessary funding for the project and in April 2014 this was achieved.

 

The IEP utilises a structure under which Agility Trains East contracts with DfT to design, build and finance the trains (and associated depots) and, separately, with the Train Operating Company (the TOC, which holds the franchise) to introduce them into service and then make them available to the TOC, on a no-train, no-pay basis, thereafter.

 

The Fleet

Agility Trains East will use the Hitachi-made Class 800/801 trains to replace the existing Intercity 125 and 225 High Speed Train fleets and make available a daily operational fleet.

The trains will be a combination of fully electric and bi-mode trains, the latter having the ability to operate with either diesel or electric propulsion and hence operate across those parts of the East Coast Western network which are not electrified, and will be provided in a combination of 9-car and 5-car formations. 

 

5-car

9-car

Total

Bi-mode Trains

10

13

23

Electric Trains

12

30

42

Total

22

43

65

 

Depots

The East Coast Main Line Intercity Express Programme contract requires one new purpose built depot facility to be constructed and three refurbishments of existing depot facilities to enable Agility Trains East to provide the on-going maintenance of the fleet. 

Doncaster
The existing freight facility will be replaced with a newly constructed, state of the art depot for the Class 800/801 trains.  The Doncaster depot will be the largest depot operated by Agility Trains East on the East Coast Main Line, stretching over a mile long with a total site area of over 7 hectares.

London (Bounds Green and Ferme Park depots)
The Bounds Green and Ferme Park depots are located in North London.  Both sites are currently being operated by East Coast Trains.  Agility Trains East will make minor modifications and upgrades to the sites to provide depot and maintenance facilities.

Edinburgh (Craigentinny depot)
The Craignentinny depot is also currently operated by East Coast Trains, and similarly to the North London depots, Agility Trains East will improve the depot and provide necessary upgrades.
 

Hitachi will be the Depot Facility Owner at these depots.  In order to provide the full East Coast train service Hitachi will access facilities at a further five depots and will also carry out works at these sites to enable them to accommodate the new trains.