Class 395, High-speed railways arrive in UK.
The new fleet of 29 Hitachi Class 395 trains will be able to accelerate rapidly to 140mph, slashing the current journey times from Kent into London St Pancras. For example, London to Ashford will be reduced from 83 minutes to 36.5 minutes. The trains are currently in the design stage, but the first four models will arrive for testing this year. The remainder will be delivered in 2009.