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

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.

New trains for GWR’s Devon and Cornwall route embark from Tuscany on pan-European journey
Work begins on new futuristic train fleet for TransPennine Express

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.

Virgin Azuma train debuts in Highlands

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.

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

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.

Transport Minister drives ahead with first fully fitted new electric train

Press Releases   •   Nov 20, 2017 12:30 GMT

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.

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

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.

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.

First UK-built train for Scotland completed by Hitachi in the North East

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2017 10:00 BST

Hitachi unveiled the first new commuter trains for Scotland, built in its Newton Aycliffe factory, in County Durham. The Class 385 train will run between Edinburgh and Glasgow offering faster journeys, more seats and better services for passengers.

Hitachi Rail Italy and Ansaldo STS in Atlanta for APTA 2017

Hitachi Rail Italy and Ansaldo STS in Atlanta for APTA 2017

Press Releases   •   Oct 09, 2017 10:00 BST

Hitachi Rail Italy and Ansaldo STS take part in the annual event organized by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in Atlanta. APTA is an important opportunity for the rail sector involving manufacturers, suppliers and experts from all over the world. Focus for the two companies will be on products destined for the American market, including the new metro for Baltimore.

Hitachi Rail Italy and Ansaldo STS at Expo Ferroviaria 2017

Hitachi Rail Italy and Ansaldo STS at Expo Ferroviaria 2017

Press Releases   •   Oct 03, 2017 10:00 BST

Hitachi Rail Italy and Ansaldo STS – since 2015 part of the Hitachi Group – will participate to the exhibition with a joint booth in which they will present their technology and their innovation that places them among the main players of the sector. EXPO Ferroviaria represents an important showcase for the two companies, as well as an opportunity of discussion and business in their own Country.

Rock: The New Regional Train presented to the Associations of Disabled Persons and Consumers

Rock: The New Regional Train presented to the Associations of Disabled Persons and Consumers

Press Releases   •   Sep 15, 2017 12:00 BST

Hitachi Rail Italy and Trenitalia have invited the associations of disabled persons and consumers to Pistoia to show them in advance the real scale mock-up of the new Rock regional train and meet with Hitachi’s and Trenitalia's designers and technicians. The mock-up of the train will be the protagonist of the road show that from next October will present it in the main Italian squares.

New trains closer as next phase of testing starts

Press Releases   •   Sep 11, 2017 10:00 BST

Passengers in Scotland are a step closer to the arrival of new ScotRail Alliance trains, after the next phase of testing began in Germany. The Hitachi-built electric trains, which will deliver faster journeys, more seats and better services for customers, are carrying out vital tests in Minden, north Germany, near Hannover from now until October.

New intercity train carries out first Edinburgh test journey

Press Releases   •   Sep 07, 2017 10:00 BST

A new intercity train bound for passengers next year reached a major test milestone today as it reached Edinburgh station for the first time. Train manufacturer Hitachi carried out the test journey between Doncaster and Edinburgh Waverley station, where passers-by were able to catch a glimpse of the new train on platform 7.

Hitachi Rail doubling number of trainees in UK to over 100

Hitachi Rail doubling number of trainees in UK to over 100

Press Releases   •   Aug 31, 2017 10:00 BST

Hitachi Rail, one of the largest builder and maintainer of trains in the UK, has launched a new national apprentice and graduate programme. The company already trains 54 apprentices to build trains at their manufacturing site at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The new intake will see over 100 trainees join over the next two years at sites across the UK, including newly built depots.

Virgin Azuma debuts in Scotland on East Coast test run

Virgin Azuma debuts in Scotland on East Coast test run

Press Releases   •   Aug 18, 2017 14:04 BST

Virgin’s state-of-the-art Azuma train has visited Scotland for the first time on Wednesday 16th August as part of plans to transform Edinburgh-London rail journeys.

New Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall begin testing

New Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall begin testing

Press Releases   •   Aug 09, 2017 14:06 BST

On Tuesday 8th August, the first of Great Western Railway’s Intercity Express Trains for Devon and Cornwall carried out test runs in Somerset, between Bruton and Cogload. Two more trains are due to arrive in the South West within the coming weeks as part of a comprehensive test programme.

New Hitachi trains pass Department for Transport digital tests

New Hitachi trains pass Department for Transport digital tests

Press Releases   •   Jul 26, 2017 14:01 BST

Hitachi’s new intercity trains, due to enter passenger service this autumn, have passed tests to run their digital technology required by the Department for Transport. The UK-built fleet, known as the Class 800s, is among the first in the country to successfully test an advanced level of digital signalling.

First new intercity train for Devon and Cornwall arrives in the UK

First new intercity train for Devon and Cornwall arrives in the UK

Press Releases   •   Jun 17, 2017 13:31 BST

The first Intercity Express Train bound for GWR’s Devon and Cornwall route has now arrived in the UK. From 2018 a new fleet of Class 802 Intercity Express Trains will connect London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance and many more communities.

HM The Queen names new Hitachi Intercity Express Train “Queen Elizabeth II”

HM The Queen names new Hitachi Intercity Express Train “Queen Elizabeth II”

Press Releases   •   Jun 13, 2017 07:00 BST

On 13 June 1842, Queen Victoria made the journey from Slough to Paddington and became the first British monarch to travel by train. The train that day was driven by Daniel Gooch and assisted by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. To mark this unique occasion GWR recreated the journey using its new Hitachi-built Intercity Express Train, in the presence of HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.