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HS2 Ltd awards Hitachi-Alstom JV landmark rolling stock contractsHS2 Ltd has confirmed the rolling stock contracts for the new high speed route has been awarded to a Hitachi/Alstom joint venture, with the high speed trains set to be built at their factories in Derby and County Durham.

Estimated at a value of £2bn, delivery of the new generation of high speed trains is expected to support 2,500 jobs across the UK.

Under the terms of the awarded contract, the joint venture (JV) will design, build and maintain a fleet of 54 state-of-the-art high speed trains to operate on HS2.

The new rolling stock will be capable of speeds of up to 225mph (360km/h), with the fully electric trains also operating on the existing network to destinations such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and the North West, alongside running on the HS2 line between London, the West Midlands and Crewe.

Building on some of the latest technology seen on the European high speed network and in Japan’s Shinkansen ‘bullet trains’, the new UK trains will be some of the fastest, quietest and most energy efficient high speed trains operating anywhere in the world.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Today’s announcement places Britain firmly at the forefront of the high-speed rail revolution with these state-of-the-art trains serving communities right across the country from London to Glasgow.

“This is another landmark step in the delivery of HS2 which will open up new employment and leisure opportunities for millions of people, levelling up opportunity for generations to come.”

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

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