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HS2: Hitachi and Bombardier bid to build trains

Press release   •   Jun 05, 2019 10:00 BST

First image released of the proposed Bombardier/ Hitachi design

Two UK-based rail giants are submitting a ‘Great British’ train proposal to High Speed Two (HS2) that would be the most advanced, customer-oriented train ever to run in the UK.

The contract, worth £2.75billion, is to design, build and maintain at least 54 trains for Phase One of HS2.

Hitachi has pioneered Japan’s world-renowned Shinkansen ‘bullet trains’ while Bombardier offers a depth of international experience from its high speed trains operating in Europe and on the world’s largest network in China.

In 2015, the two companies together delivered the Frecciarossa (Red Arrow) ETR1000 for Trenitalia, which is the fastest yet quietest in-service high speed train in Europe. Operating at speeds up to 225 mph, it has transformed passenger experience and connectivity across Italy.

Its success has been recognised by Trenitalia placing a further order in June 2019 for 14 new trains, increasing Frecciarossa high speed services across Italy.

Hitachi Rail’s Managing Director Karen Boswell OBE said: “Hitachi-Bombardier’s Great British train for HS2 would be a shining example of British ingenuity. Our bid, if successful, would bring significant benefits for economies and communities, while truly transforming connectivity and passengers’ experience.”

Bombardier’s President, UK, Phil Hufton said: “HS2 is this generation's chance to transform our country. Our Great British train will connect our great cities and improve the journeys of every passenger. HS2’s vision is to be a catalyst for growth across Britain – we are ready to make that happen.”

Alongside London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, HS2 services will also serve destinations beyond the core HS2 network, including York, Newcastle, Liverpool, the North West, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) is a global transport specialist with over 100 years of experience building pioneering trains, offering quality maintenance and developing innovative new technology. As a leader in rail we’re improving transport for passengers, connecting communities and helping to boost the UK’s economy.

Having delivered the hugely popular Javelin HS1 fleet in advance of the 2012 London Games, Hitachi is delivering major orders for new trains, with 286 due to be in service by the end of 2021. Our purpose-built factory in County Durham is delivering 122 new high speed trains as part of the UK Government’s £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme and a fleet of 70 regional trains for Scotland. With a proud reputation for innovation, Hitachi is at the forefront of using new digital technology to enhance passenger experience and enrich Britain’s railway’s heritage. Hitachi rail is growing rapidly, employing over 3,000 people and soon to be operational at 15 locations across the UK.

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Comments (1)

    I feel it necessary to add my comments re: new trains. Firstly Britain are supposed to be building a new infrastructure for the future but the would be designers appear to be old hat. Attempting to put high speed trains on lines of the old school, just further complicates Britain’s transport system. What in my view Britain needs is a total new concept to be introduced and the sooner the better. Let us build an elevated line, that does not have to deal with points or curvature. Just as the Romans built their roads, they were straight and uncomplicated. A monorail system above existing roads, such as the M1 and M6, permits a new system to be built with the least fuss and interference. This monorail system would not only permit pedestrian trains but commercial too. Just like the tiers of a cake. Let us free up road and rail blockages, by diverting cargo and people onto higher tiers. Sure it would prove expensive but with a small country such as Britain, surely this is the only way forward. I know something like this does not happen overnight, yet how will the future look if something is not done now? The time and travel of UK citizens is horrendous with no scope of it ever improving, unless we have some brave people to introduce change!

    - Mark Morley - Jun 05, 2019 14:21 BST

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