Track Record in High-Speed Trains
Like Alstom, these two rolling stock companies have a strong record in high-speed trains. Hitachi for example is responsible for Japan’s famous Shinkansen bullet trains. Bombardier meanwhile has high-speed trains operating in both Europe and China.
One example of the two companies delivering high-speed trains (225mph | 362km/h) in partnership is the Frecciarossa 1000 (ETR1000) for Trenitalia. 50 of them are currently in operation in Italy. They originally entered service in 2015. Now the two companies have announced an additional order of 14 ETR1000 trains for Trenitalia.
Hitachi Rail Managing Director Karen Boswell OBE said:
“Hitachi-Bombardier’s Great British train for HS2 would be a shining example of British ingenuity. Our bid, if successful, would bring significant benefits for economies and communities, while truly transforming connectivity and passengers’ experience.”
Phil Hufton, Bombardier President, UK, said:
“HS2 is this generation’s chance to transform our country. Our Great British train will connect our great cities and improve the journeys of every passenger. HS2’s vision is to be a catalyst for growth across Britain – we are ready to make that happen.”
Once HS2 Ltd selects the successful bidder, the winning rolling stock manufacturer(s) will work with both HS2 Ltd and the West Coast partner to finalise the design of the HS2 trains.