HS2 provides £2bn rolling stock to Hitachi-Alstom joint venture to supply 54 bullet trains

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HS2 provides £2bn rolling stock to Hitachi-Alstom joint venture to supply 54 bullet trains

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London, United Kingdom (Urban Transport News): HS2 Ltd confirmed on 9 December 2021 a major deal to secure a Hitachi-Alstom joint venture (JV) to manufacture Britain’s next generation high speed trains to support 2,500 jobs at its factories in Derby and County Durham contract has been awarded. UK.

The landmark contract – valued at around £2bn – will see the joint venture design, build and build a fleet of 54 state-of-the-art high-speed trains that will operate on HS2 – the new high-speed railway being built between London. West Midlands and Crew.

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Capable of speeds up to 225mph (360km/h), the fully electric trains will also run on the existing network to locations such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and the North West. Building on the latest technology from Japanese Shinkansen ‘bullet trains’ and European high-speed networks, they will be the fastest, quietest and most energy efficient high-speed trains to run anywhere in the world.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said:

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Today’s announcement puts the UK at the fore of the high-speed rail revolution with these state-of-the-art trains serving communities across the country, from London to Glasgow. This is another landmark step in the delivery of HS2 that will open up employment and leisure opportunities for millions, leveling up opportunities for generations to come.

The design, construction, assembly and testing of the new trains will be shared between Hitachi Rail and Alstom.

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Phase I, including vehicle body assembly and initial fit-out, will be performed at Hitachi Railroad’s facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham; And the second phase of fit-out and testing will be done at Alstom’s Litchurch Lane factory in Derby.

In another major boost to train-building in the UK, all bogies (including the wheels) will be both assembled and maintained at Alstom’s Crave facility – the first time since 2004 that both works have been carried out in the UK.

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Hitachi Rail has recently completed an investment of £8.5m in new welding and painting facilities in Newton Aycliffe, where 432 HS2 bodyshells will be manufactured.

The first train is expected to start production line around 2027. After a rigorous process of testing and commissioning, the first passengers are expected to be carried between 2029 and 2033.

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Welcoming the news, HS2 Ltd CEO Mark Thurston said:

Today is a big day for HS2. Trains to be built in Derby, Newton Aycliffe and Crewe will transform rail travel – providing passengers with unparalleled levels of reliability, speed and comfort and helping fight carbon removal from our transportation systems. I would like to congratulate Alstom and Hitachi and we look forward to working with them to bring these exciting new trains to travelers across the UK.

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“We are excited to lead the next generation of high speed rail in the UK as part of our joint venture with Alstom. This British-built bullet train will be the fastest in Europe, and I am proud of the role that Hitachi will play. To help improve mobility in the UK through this project,” said Andrew Barr, Group CEO of Hitachi Rail.

Nick Crossfield, Alstom’s Managing Director, UK and Ireland, said, “HS2 is a once in a generation opportunity to transform the UK by building a sustainable transport system suited for the 21st century. I am delighted that Alstom is partnering with Hitachi Rail. The joint venture has been selected to develop, manufacture and maintain the next generation of high-speed trains in the UK.”

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A recent study by Hitachi/Alstom JV estimates that the award could generate profits of £157m per year across the UK and support 2,500 jobs, including opportunities for apprenticeships and graduates.

Designed to be fully accessible, the interior layout will be decided after a two-and-a-half year collaborative design process involving HS2 Ltd., the Department of Transportation and West Coast Partnership, the operator of the trains, when they first enter service. .

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Serving destinations such as Liverpool, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, HS2 trains will operate seamlessly between HS2 and the existing rail network, halving many travel times across the UK. Each train will be approximately 200 meters long, with the option of linking the two units together to form a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.

The train will also benefit from Hitachi Rail’s pioneering low-noise pantograph – the arm that collects power from overhead wires. Developed in Japan, the technology would make that high-speed train quieter and use regenerative braking to boost energy efficiency.

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It will also be 15% lighter and offer 30% more seats than comparable high-speed trains in Europe – such as the Italian ETR1000 built by a joint venture between Hitachi Rail and Alstom.

Along with design, construction and testing, the contracts also included 12 years of maintenance that could be extended in the future to cover an estimated 35-year life of the rolling stock. The fleet will be maintained at a new maintenance depot being built by HS2 Ltd at Washwood Heath on the outskirts of Birmingham, creating jobs and additional apprenticeship opportunities.

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The Hitachi/Alstom joint venture will work with HS2 Limited and Birmingham City Council to support the development of employment opportunities arising from the construction of the new maintenance depot at Washwood Heath, Birmingham and to provide local people with opportunities for training and development. be provided opportunities to engage. ,

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