Praise for heroic Hull Trains staff who…

Praise for heroic Hull Trains staff who worked around the clock to change company’s fortunes
2020-01-15 20:02:00
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsInvalid EmailThe boss of Hull Trains has thanked her staff for helping deliver a remarkable turnaround in the company’s fortunes. Around 12 months ago the operator was still reeling from a series of train breakdowns, which at one point saw 50 services between Hull and London being cancelled in a single month. Today the firm has three brand new Hitachi trains in service, is looking forward to the arrival of two more and has recorded just one cancellation since November and that was due to a last-minute staff illness. Speaking at a city council scrutiny meeting, managing director Louise Cheeseman said hard-working staff at the company deserved the credit for the turnaround. “The past year has been a challenge and great credit for rising to that challenge must go to my team. Things are on the up at Hull Trains (Image: HullLive) “Some of them have been putting in 90-hour weeks and even giving up their holidays to help turn this business around. I would like to applaud them all for what they have done.” A £60m investment, the new bi-modal Hitachi trains are capable of switching between electric and diesel power and also provide 30 per cent more capacity in terms of seating than the unreliable Class 180 trains used by the company in recent years. Miss Cheeseman said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response from passengers to the new-look Hitachi trains, which are collectively known as the company’s Paragon fleet. Once all five trains are in operation, they will be given individual names. Ms Cheeseman said she was keen for the new names to highlight lesser-known people in Hull rather than simply being named after some of the city’s more famous sons and daughters. More space and more seats are a feature of the new-look Hull Trains’ fleet (Image


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