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Rock: the New Trenitalia Regional Train leaves Hitachi Rail factory of Pistoia

Press Releases   •   Apr 19, 2018 13:31 BST

The first train begins technical tests for homologation Commercial service is due to start in spring 2019 First deliveries: 39 trains to Emilia–Romagna, 47 to Veneto, 28 to Liguria, 4 to Tuscany

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Hitachi Rail Italy awarded EUR 50 million contract to supply eight new driverless trains for M1/M2 lines of Copenhagen Metro, Denmark

Press Releases   •   Mar 13, 2018 09:14 GMT

Hitachi Rail Italy today announced that it has signed a contract with Metroselskabet, a partnership of the municipality of Copenhagen, the Danish Government and the city of Frederiksberg, for the supply of eight driverless trains for the M1/M2 lines of the Copenhagen Metro. The contract was signed on 7th March and has a value of approximately EUR 50 million.

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Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO of Hitachi, Ltd. Receives “Leonardo International Prize” in Italy

Press Releases   •   Feb 26, 2018 10:00 GMT

Hitachi, Ltd. announced that Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO, has received the “Leonardo International Prize” in Italy. This award was established in 1994 by the Leonardo Committee, consisting of representatives of the Italian Government and the financial sector. It is a highly prestigious international award, presented to business leaders from foreign companies.

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New trains for GWR’s Devon and Cornwall route embark from Tuscany on pan-European journey

Press Releases   •   Feb 09, 2018 12:00 GMT

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Work begins on new futuristic train fleet for TransPennine Express

Press Releases   •   Dec 19, 2017 10:00 GMT

TransPennine Express customers are a step closer to experiencing brand new, high quality trains as Hitachi begins work an intercity fleet to start service in 2019. Production work has begun on two test trains in Japan which will arrive in the UK in 2018. The modern Japanese bullet train inspired fleet is being built by Hitachi and financed by Angel Trains.

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Virgin Azuma train debuts in Highlands

Press Releases   •   Dec 18, 2017 09:30 GMT

Virgin’s state-of-the-art Azuma train made its inaugural visit to the Highlands as preparations to transform cross-border rail services gather pace.

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The Department of Transportation and Public Works places its first new Metrorail train in more than 30 years into service

Press Releases   •   Nov 30, 2017 13:00 GMT

For the first time since the Metrorail system opened its doors to passengers back in 1984, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) placed its first new train into service today – ushering in a new era of modern, high tech trains manufactured by Hitachi Rail Italy that will improve both service reliability and overall riding experience.

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Transport Minister drives ahead with first fully fitted new electric train

Press Releases   •   Nov 20, 2017 12:30 GMT

The first of a seventy strong fleet of fully fitted electric trains is set to arrive in Scotland later this week as passenger service moves another step closer.

The new Class 385 train will join the two test trains currently completing their final phase of route testing between Edinburgh – Glasgow on the newly electrified line.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf was able to get on-board the brand new passenger service train while it did its latest run on Hitachi’s test track at the Newton Aycliffe factory, near Darlington.

He was also able to see the final stages of work being completed by staff at the £82m facility on a number of new trains that are bound for Scotland in the coming months.

Mr Yousaf said:

“This Scottish Government's £5bn investment is helping build the best railway Scotland has ever had.

“Since 2007, we have introduced an extra 60160 carriages with 200 more to follow by 2019, increasing the ScotRail fleet by 50% helping support the on-going increase in passengers numbers on Scotland’s railways.

“This important visit has allowed me to see first-hand the latest progress on these new trains. It was a privilege to see close-up the first fully fitted c385 train and to meet the men and women who are working hard to deliver this fleet for Scotland which I know will make a real difference to passengers.”

Hitachi Rail Europe Managing Director Karen Boswell said:

“We’re building a brand new fleet of trains for Scotland from scratch in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the UK. It’s great to be able to show the Minister the high-tech Japanese engineering that goes into this train, before it heads to Scotland. The top quality design will vastly improve the journeys of passengers, which will be shorter and more comfortable.”

Ian McConnell, programmes and transformation director at the ScotRail Alliance, said:

“We’re building the best railway Scotland’s ever had, and the new trains are a key part of that. The arrival of the first fully kitted out new train in Scotland is another key milestone in this process. It’s an exciting time for customers, who will benefit from modern, new electric trains from next year.

“The new trains will deliver faster journeys, more seats and better services for our customers.”

The new trains are to be introduced firstly on the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High route, providing more seats, better accessibility, faster journeys and modern facilities before being gradually rolled out across other central belt services in the next 18 months.

The three coach unit, one of 70 trains which are being built as part of the new £370m Class 385 electric fleet, is expected to arrive in Craigentinny depot in Scotland by the weekend after which it will undergo rigorous route testing, staff familiarisation and driver training to enable it to come into service in the coming months.

Production at the train factory is ramping up to enable the full Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High services to become “all electric” next year.

The first of a fleet of fully fitted electric Class 385 trains is set to arrive in Scotland. The new train will join the two test trains currently completing their final phase of route testing between Edinburgh – Glasgow. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf got on board the brand new train while it did its latest run on Hitachi’s test track at the Newton Aycliffe factory, near Darlington.

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New statue to mark the 10th birthday of Kent high speed train depot

Press Releases   •   Nov 10, 2017 12:30 GMT

Friday, 10th November, the rail industry and politicians are gathering in Kent to celebrate ten years since Hitachi opened its high speed train depot. The event includes a speech by Damian Green MP for Ashford and the presentation of the statue crafted by local artist, Joel Tarr.

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Hitachi shortlisted for HS2 contract

Press Releases   •   Nov 02, 2017 09:00 GMT

HS2 Ltd today revealed that Hitachi Rail Europe has been shortlisted to deliver Britain’s next generation of state-of-the-art high speed trains, which will carry tens of thousands of people every day across the UK’s new high speed network and beyond.

HS2 Ltd said: “Operating at speeds of up to 225mph (360kph), the new fleet will deliver unparalleled levels of reliability, speed and comfort as well as providing much-needed extra capacity between the UK’s major cities and giving a boost to high tech skills and expertise in the UK”

The full shortlist announcement can be found here

Responding to the announcement, Karen Boswell OBE, Hitachi Rail Europe Managing Director said:
"Hitachi is delighted to have been selected for the next stage of the rolling stock procurement process for HS2. We look forward to further developing our proposals for this hugely exciting and important project, which will deliver enormous benefits for the whole of the U.K."

HS2 Ltd today revealed that Hitachi Rail Europe has been shortlisted to deliver Britain’s next generation of state-of-the-art high speed trains, which will carry tens of thousands of people every day across the UK’s new high speed network and beyond.

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