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11.12.13

Hitachi IEP gangways to be built in Derby

Hitachi has appointed Dellner to provide gangways to connect the carriages on new IEP trains. The 1,500 gangways will be manufactured in Derby, with the first unit due to be delivered in March 2014.

Jamie Foster, procurement director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “While Dellner are a Swedish company, the gangways that will be used on the new Class 800 series trains will be built here in the UK, in Derby. This gives us the reassurance that over the 27.5 years that Hitachi Rail Europe is contracted to maintain the trains, the gangway manufacturers are in close proximity to provide support.

“Dellner join the ranks of British railway suppliers we have already selected as our partners, including companies such as Romag, Nomad Digital, GB Railfreight and Knorr-Bremse, who have already won contracts or have been selected as our preferred bidder.     

“During the contract selection process, Dellner were able to produce a prototype and mock-ups for us to test. Needless to say, we were impressed with the performance and they were able to demonstrate that they can deliver on both quality and reliability.”

David Pagels, chief executive officer of Dellner Ltd, commented: “Dellner Limited are proud and excited to be working closely with Hitachi on this project and other projects going forward. The efforts of both the Swedish and UK teams will result in an outstanding product for the new express trains.”

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