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The Voyager series are a group of express diesel electric multiple unit trains built by Bombardier Transportation for service on the UK railway network.



Class 220

Class 220 Voyager

The Class 220 Voyager was built for operations intercity services that do not terminate in London known as the Cross Country Route. 34 four-car sets were built to be operated by Virgin Trains between 2001 and 2003. With Virgin's loss of the Cross Country franchise, these were all transferred to the new operator CrossCountry in November 2007.


Class 221

Class 221 Super Voyager

The Class 221 Super Voyager was built as an improved version of the Class 220. Although broadly identical, the majority of these trains have five cars instead of four, and have been fitted with a tilting mechanism similar to that on the Class 390 EMU. 44 sets were constructed for use by Virgin Trains; of these, 23 have been transferred to CrossCountry with the remaining 21 being retained by Virgin, which will be used on parts of their West Coast franchise. Ironically, none of the CrossCountry class 221s now use the tilting mechanism since the services were withdrawn from the West Coast Main Line and their tilting mechanisms have been de-activated and locked out of use as a result.

Class 222

Class 222 Meridian

The Class 222 "Meridian" and "Pioneer" DMUs are broadly similar to the original Voyager units, but feature a number of reliability improvements and different internal layout.

The Class 222 was constructed using lessons learned from the 220 and 221 units in regard to the interior, specifically in regard to installing many more components under the floor of the carriages, thereby increasing space for the passengers. A total of 27 sets were constructed initially:

  • Midland Mainline originally ordered 23 sets, which it named as "Meridians" to enter service in 2004, replacing Turbostar trains which it had previously used. Upon entry into service, Midland Mainline receieved a mix of four- and nine-car units, which were later reformed to into a combination of four-, five- and eight-car units. All of Midland Mainline's units were transferred to the new franchise holder East Midlands Trains (EMT) in November 2007.

    When EMT took over the franchise, they set about adjusting the formations by removing a car from six of its eight-car sets, to lengthen previously four-car units. The last remaining eight-car unit was reduced to five cars. As of 2009, seventeen sets were five-car formations used for stopping services to and from London.

  • First Hull Trains obtained four 4-car Class 222 units in 2005 named as "Pioneers". These were to replace the Turbostars that had provided Hull Trains' initial services. These units are slightly different internally from the Meridian trains. Following a maintenance incident and the long-term unavailability of one unit, First Hull Trains replaced their Class 222 fleet with a fleet of Class 180 Adelantes in 2009. The Class 222 units being transferred to EMT for use with the rest of the Class 222 fleet and on new services between London and Corby.

Simple English

The Voyager series is a group of high speed diesel electric multiple unit trains built by Bombardier Transportation in service on the UK railway network. The trains are among the most modern currently in operation, and are in service on many intercity routes around Great Britain. There are currently three types in service with 4 TOCs (First Hull Trains, East Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains and CrossCountry).


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