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Bombardier and Hitachi in joint bid for HS2 rolling stock contract

Train builders Bombardier Transportation and Hitachi Rail Europe will submit a joint bid for the £2.75bn contract to supply rolling stock for HS2.


In November last year, HS2 Ltd shortlisted Alstom, Bombardier Transportation UK, Hitachi Rail Europe, Patentes Talgo and Siemens for the design, manufacturing and maintenance contract.


The tendering process is due to start later this year, with the contract awarded late next year for the 54 trains to enter service in 2026 on phase one – London to Birmingham - of the HS2 project.


Bombardier and Hitachi said the proposed partnership would build on previous cooperation and draw on their UK manufacturing plants in Derby and Newton Aycliffe, their UK supply chains and their networks of maintenance facilities.


The firms, which also have maintenance facilities across Britain, employ more than 5,000 people in the UK.


Richard Hunter, Managing Director UK, Bombardier Transportation, said: “HS2 is a once in a lifetime opportunity… …and we are very excited by the chance to play a key part in delivering it. We will combine both companies’ global high-speed expertise with unrivalled British experience and help generate skills and prosperity across a number of UK regions.”


Hitachi Rail Managing Director Karen Boswell said: “By joining together in partnership with Bombardier, we will draw on a huge wealth of UK experience and the best in modern technology, including our pioneering ‘bullet train’ experience. Our aim is to deliver a new British icon that will be recognised around the world – a Spitfire for the British railway.”


The agreement covers only HS2. Both companies said they would ‘remain competitors in all other markets and competitions’.