HITACHI CLASS 395 TRAIN MAKES UK'S FIRST DOMESTIC HIGH SPEED PASSENGER VOYAGE

LONDON, 18 JUNE 2009 – Hitachi today celebrates the first high speed passenger journey of its Class 395 between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International. At the invitation of Southeastern, members of the media and key stakeholders were welcomed on board the Hitachi-built trains today to experience the new trains first hand. On time delivery and the successful completion of 4,000 miles ‘fault free’ running has enabled Southeastern to launch a limited ‘Preview’ service, starting 29 June, nearly six months early. Full passenger services are expected to commence in December 2009.