LNER Orders 10 new CAF Tri-Mode units to replace class 91s
London North Eastern Railway has placed an order for 10 brand new units to replace class 91s on services from London to Leeds and Lincoln. These new trains will be able to run on electric, battery and diesel and are expected to arrive from 2027.
Funded by Porterbrook leasing, the addition of these ‘first of a kind’ units will round off LNER’s fleet of hi-tech, modern trains alongside the existing class 800/801 Azuma units.
While the ECML is fully electrified with AC overhead wires, branches off to Lincoln and similar destinations are not, meaning that these new trains would need an alternate power source to operate on these lines. The decision to utilise cutting edge battery technology for these routes (with a backup diesel engine), comes as part of LNER’s plan to reach net zero by 2045.
The managing director of LNER, David Horne stated that “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.”
Huw Merriman, the UK rail minister 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.”
This goes to show that the 2024 net zero target is very important to both LNER and the rail industry as a whole. However it is crucial that this is met whilst maintaining LNER’s high standard for comfort, accessibility and style. These Tri mode units are a step in the right direction for the industry however it does raise the question: Are these new Tri Mode Trains worthy successors of the class 91?
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Last Updated on November 9, 2023 by Lewis