This major UK train route is getting new bigger trains

The new vehicles will bring more capacity and better Wi-Fi to one of Britain's busiest lines

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton
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New Avanti West Coast Evero trains by the seaside in the UK
Photograph: Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast doesn’t have the best reputation among British rail travellers. Thanks to delays and disruptions, it was named and shamed as one of the least reliable rail operators in the country by the Office of Rail and Road, while another recent study declared it the second worst.

To be fair, AWC runs along the West Coast Main Line between London and Glasgow, which happens to be one of the busiest rail routes in the whole country. But now things could be looking up for Avanti.

In a move that could help spread the load, Avanti West Coast has launched six new electric Evero trains that promise to be bigger and better. The news comes as the operator faces possible competition from Virgin Trains

Aventi’s newest trains are apparently quieter, have more space, more reliable wi-fi and lower carbon emissions. Each vehicle has 16 percent more seats than the Voyage trains that they’re replacing. Eventually the Evero fleet will be 23-strong, with 10 electric and 13 bi-modes (can be either electric or diesel-powered).

The announcement has already led to new services between London and Birmingham being added to timetables. 

Andy Mellors, the managing director at Avanti West Coast said: ‘The introduction of our new timetable and the Evero fleet marks an exciting new chapter for our people and customers.

‘The investment is also a key part of our plans to support the UK rail industry, and our wider commitment to improve customer experience on the West Coast Main Line.’

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