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Government selects supplier for HS2 rolling stock

The UK government has awarded a £ 2 billion contract to build the trains to be used on the High Speed ​​2 (HS2) line to a joint venture between Hitachi and Alstom.

The contract will see manufacturers build fully electric trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 225 mph at their factories in Derby, Crewe and County Durham in the UK. The government said the deal would create 2,500 jobs for the country.

According to the government’s announcement, the rolling stock will be “the fastest and least polluting trains per passenger-kilometer of its kind in the UK”.

The trains will be fully accessible to passengers with reduced mobility, with the interior design to be decided after a two-and-a-half-year process involving HS2 Ltd, the Department of Transport and the West Coast partner, which will operate the trains. . when they are put into service for the first time.

Each train will be about 200 m long, with the possibility of coupling two to create a train that can accommodate up to 1,100 seats, according to the government.

In addition to being used on the HS2 line, the trains will also serve destinations on the existing network, such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, according to the Department for Transport.

The first train is expected to roll off the production line around 2027, with the first passengers expected to use the HS2 between 2029 and 2033.

The news comes after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps presented the government’s new integrated rail plan, which includes the removal of the Leeds branch of HS2 in favor of modernizing existing railways.