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'Excellent news for passengers and businesses in
the Leeds City Region' is how Metro Chairman Councillor Chris
Greaves has described today's announcement of a new fleet of
high-speed trains for the East Coast Main Line.
"These trains will provide passengers
on this core route between Leeds City Region and London with
quicker, more comfortable and more reliable journeys," said
"And the news that Leeds will be one
of five maintenance locations for the new trains can only be good
news in terms of local jobs," he added.
"Some of the current trains are 30
years old so the sooner they are replaced, the better," he
"New trains will mean a significant
improvement to the service, contribute to the development of the
local economy and act as a springboard for further improvements to
the local rail network.
"Metro would also like to see further
electrification of lines to take maximum advantage of the new
trains as well as more frequent services and more services to parts
of the city region which currently are not so well connected.
The new fleet will be built and
maintained by British-led consortium, Agility Trains, which is made
up of John Laing, Hitachi and Barclays.
The first of the new trains, which
will cut journey times between Leeds and London by around 10
minutes, are scheduled to enter service on the East Coast main line
by 2013, with the full fleet coming into service by 2015.