The new train now needs to be tested to make sure it works, is safe and meets all necessary standards. The UK test tracks are all very busy, so this new train is being tested abroad. This will help speed up the testing programme and the sooner the tests are complete the closer we get to having these new trains in service.
This train will return to Britain later this year, hopefully during October 2020. When it gets back there will be lots more testing and a host of modifications to get it ready for our staff and customers.
Once everything is finished from a testing point of view, and after all our driver training is completed, then we will be launching this fleet into passenger service along our Cross-City lines in the West Midlands.
So, watch this space for more exciting developments, as this programme makes strides towards helping bring more electric trains to our network.