BREAKING: Alstom and Hitachi Win HS2 Rolling Stock Contract

The trains will be equipped with modern sensors that will be able to identify potential faults, which will minimise disruption and downtime.

Passengers will have access to high-capacity wifi, digital seat reservations and travel information that will be available through a number of different channels. ‘Inclusive design experts’ will also be involved in the project to make the trains as accessible as possible.

The HS2 trains will be maintained at Washwood Heath in Birmingham.

The contract will be a major boost for the British economy. An analysis conducted by Oxford Economics estimated that HAH-S would deliver 1.1 billion GBP GVA during the manufacturing phase.

Newton Aycliffe

Hitachi Rail’s Newton Aycliffe facility opened in 2015. It employs roughly 700 members of staff. Hitachi Rail recently invested 8.5 million GBP in the facility. The new welding facility will carry out vehicle body assembly and fit out, after which each train body will be transported to the East Midlands.

Alstom’s Derby & Crewe Factories

Once the train bodies arrive in the Derby factory, which employs 2,000 members of staff, the trains will be fitted with all remaining components, including interiors, electrics and bogies. The bogies will be manufactured by Alstom’s Crewe facility.

Washwood Heath

The Washwood Heath facility is being constructed especially for the maintenance of the HS2 fleet. Alstom’s service centre in Crewe will be a strategic base for heavy maintenance activity on a substantial proportion of the key components and systems.

HAH-S will work with HS2 Ltd and HS2 operator West Coast Partnership to refine the final design. Manufacturing is to begin in 2025.

The HS2 trains will have a capacity of more than 500 passengers per journey and travelling by train will be a lower carbon option over the same journey by road or air. The environmental benefit presented by HS2 will increase over time as the electricity used by the fleet will become increasingly decarbonised, i.e. more sustainable electricity will be fed into the grid.