Agility Trains

Agility Trains is consortium of Hitachi, Axa UK and John Laing, which has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture, and maintain a fleet of long-distance class 800 and 801 trains to replace the InterCity 125 fleet as part of the Department for Transport's Intercity Express Programme.[1][2][3]

Agility Trains
Founded2008 (2008)

The class 800 and 801s are designed to provide more seats and reduced journey times whilst being more environmentally friendly. Originally a 70/30 joint venture between Hitachi and John Laing, in March 2018, Axa purchased half of John Laing's shareholding.[4]


  1. ^ "New train fleet 'to boost jobs'". BBC News. 12 February 2009. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2009.
  2. ^ Department for Transport (12 February 2009). "Passengers and economy to benefit from biggest investment in trains for a generation". Central Office of Information. Retrieved 12 February 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ Agility Trains to supply Super Express fleet Railway Gazette International 12 February 2009
  4. ^ John Laing sells Intercity Express Programme stake Railway Gazette International 19 March 2018

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