Transport Designed’s Review of 2016 – March
Virgin Azuma is unveiled for the East Coast
March brought us more action on the ECML. Virgin Trains East Coast launched their fleet of Hitachi Super Express units with a new name: Azuma.
Complete with token appearance by Virgin’s bearded boss, Sir Richard Branson, the shiny new name and livery was unveiled at the southern terminus of the East Coast Mainline, London King’s Cross.
Azuma‘s bespoke livery, combining a warm grey base layer with a new take on Virgin’s familiar red ‘swoosh’ elements, was revealed at the event.
David Horne, Managing Director of Virgin Trains on the East Coast, said at the time: “We’ve already celebrated the return of the restored Flying Scotsman to the route and now we are able to celebrate the stars of tomorrow, count down to 2018, and usher in a new era for the East Coast.”
We brought you all of the details about Azuma back in March – take another look here.
What else happened in March?
- Transdev Blazefield launched Cityzap, an innovative new brand linking Leeds with York, FAST
- We brought you our 10 most favourite bus liveries of all time
- Yellow front ends started to disappear on UK trains
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