Green light for TransPennine Class 802s

THE Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has given authorisation for TransPennine Express to introduce Hitachi Class 802/2 bi-mode units.

TPE has ordered 19 five-car trains, and the ORR approval covers operation in both five- and 10-car formations at 125mph, even though their design speed is 140mph. 

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However, the ORR has said TPE has to prove Automatic Selective Door Opening (ASDO) functionality, including abnormal scenarios, before use. 

TransPennine Class 802 Nos. 802201 and 802202 approach Doncaster with 5Q91, a 13.35 Peterborough-Heaton test run on June 6. GEOFF GRIFFITHS

TPE also has to develop operational rules for ADSO, and work still needs to take place with Hitachi to mitigate inter-car surfing and climbing risks. 

Read more in the July 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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