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From | Friday 2 August 2019

Pictures of new trains' interiors revealed and show the production process in Italy is on schedule.

Hull Trains managing director Louise Cheeseman visits Italy to check the new trains.

Passengers have been given a glimpse inside Hull Trains’ new £60m fleet for the first time.

Images of the interiors of the new trains have been revealed and show the production process in Italy is on schedule.

The first of the five new trains is due to arrive in the UK during the first week in September, with the trains due to be rolled into passenger use by the beginning of November.

The firm's managing director Louise Cheeseman visited the Hitachi factory in Pistoia, Italy, to see the progress for herself.

She said: “The visit to Italy really was great. We were able to get onboard the first 802 for the first time and see a full carriage of standard class seats in situ.

Hull Trains' new trains are on schedule.

“The visit gave us a really good idea of what the trains will look and feel like. The first of the five trains is well on its way to completion and it was great to meet the team who are working on them.

“The team at Hitachi are very excited about working on them because our trains are very different to what have been produced before in terms of the colours and interiors. The quality of work is excellent and they are bang on time, which is really important and good news for everyone.

“It was quite a nerve-wracking moment to see the interiors for the first time because up until now we’ve only seen swatches of seat material and carpets – it’s a bit like buying a house where you imagine what it will look like and then get to see for the first time it all in place."

The building of the trains began in Japan in May 2018, with the shells of all five trains shipped to Italy by March this year.

Hull Trains' first new train is almost complete.

The first two trains to be completed will be coupled up and brought to the UK together . Details of routes, dates and timings are set to be released in the coming weeks.

The five new Class 802 Hitachi trains will replace the entire current fleet of Class 180s and revolutionise travel from Hull to London.

Once the trains arrive in the UK, Hitachi will carry out test runs before driver training takes place and the trains will then be rolled into the timetable one by one.

By December 31, the fifth and final train will have arrived in the UK and the entire new fleet will be in passenger use.