Government awards HS2 rolling stock contract 11 January 2022
Britain’s new generation of super-fast ‘bullet trains’ – capable of speeds of more than 200mph – will be designed and built here in the UK, promising massive investment in the north-east and Midlands and thousands of new jobs.
The state-of-the-art high-speed trains will be built by Hitachi/Alstom JV at their factories in Derby, Crewe and County Durham (Newton Aycliffe) in a major deal set to support 2,500 jobs across the UK.
Designed in the UK and capable of speeds of up to 225mph (360km/h), the fully-electric trains will also serve destinations on the existing network, such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.
The first train is expected to roll off the production line around 2027. Following a rigorous process of testing and commissioning, the first passengers are expected to be carried between 2029 and 2033.
Each train will be around 200m long, with the option to couple 2 units together to create a 400m long train with up to 1,100 seats.
Hitachi Rail Europe
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