HSTs for 2020

PHILIP SHERRATT visits Wabtec’s Doncaster site to see the power doors being fitted to three operators’ fleets

Pocket door under test: this former Virgin Mk 3 vehicle has been used by Wabtec to test the sliding door concept.
All photos by Philip Sherratt
The door in action: the aim has been to minimise the number of moving parts.

The HST will be with us for some time yet. Current fleets do not meet the Persons with Reduced Mobility (PRM) regulations which come into force in 2020 – but the fitting of power doors and retention toilets will see a good number remain in service past this date.

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