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Hitachi unveils Class 800 train for IEP in Japan

Hitachi has unveiled one of the trains being manufactured for the Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP) at its Kasado Works in Kudamatsu City, Japan. 

The company is currently manufacturing three pre-series trains for the IEP at the facility. Of the total 122 trains ordered, Hitachi is manufacturing 12, including the one recently unveiled, at Kasado Works. 

The remaining 110 trains are scheduled to be manufactured at the rail vehicle manufacturing facility that is currently under construction in Newton Aycliffe. 

The new trains being manufactured in Japan are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, and will be shipped to the UK for test operations in the first half of 2015. 

Hitachi’s Class 800 series trains will be equipped with an underfloor diesel engine generator to run not only electrified routes but also non-electrified routes. Furthermore, the diesel engine generator can be removed, facilitating a smooth transition to electric operations as the electrification programme expands. 

Earlier this year, RTM headed down to Warwick to view a full-scale mock-up of both the driving cab and the carriage interiors of the new Class 800

Passenger services using the Class 800 series trains are scheduled to start from 2017 on the Great Western Main Line (GWML) and from 2018 on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). 

Last month, Hitachi secured preferential negotiating rights from the railway operating company Abellio for the delivery of 234 AT-200 cars (70 trains) for standard suburban operations, and for a long-term maintenance contract. The two companies are currently in the final stages of contract negotiations. 

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Bill Whitmore   14/11/2014 at 12:16

I am at a loss as to why the Japanese are being given such favourable opportunities in the UK when their market is effectively closed to European suppliers? Can someone please enlighten me? NB: I am neither employed by a European organisation or work in Europe.

Mikeyb   18/11/2014 at 15:51

Our politicians are always proud of Britain's so-called open market and David Cameron does keep banging the drum in favour of the likes of Nissan and Toyota ! The Government has long held the view that Inward Investment is essential for the economy and so they now welcome Hitachi with open arms, as they will pay their UK taxes and provide employment, even if Japan does keep a relatively closed door to European rail suppliers. Similarly, the Government welcomes the likes of Keolis and other French companies into the UK, without even trying to persuade the French Government to open their market to British TOCs.

Peter Walker   15/03/2015 at 16:34

The key question is surely "How many bikes can it take?"

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