A dutch transport group has confirmed that Hitachi Rail Europe is its preferred bidder for the construction of electric trains for Scotrail.
Rail operator Abellio, announced this week as the winner of the contract to run Scotland’s train services for the next decade, has enlisted the firm to build and supply 70 new electric trains for ScotRail, which will come into operation by December 2017.
The firm will operate ScotRail services from April next year, taking over from Aberdeen-based FirstGroup, and said it will invest millions to improve trains, facilities and services.
Hitachi will manufacture the 70 trains from its multi-million pound facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, which is currently under construction.
Andy Barr, Hitachi Rail Europe’s chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted that Abellio has selected Hitachi Rail Europe as preferred bidder to supply rolling stock as well as long-term maintenance of our electric trains.
“This is great news, as it is the first contract for our recently launched AT200 commuter train.
“Our team of engineers and designers have gone to great lengths to take passenger needs, operator requirements and our wealth of experience in train manufacture and maintenance into account.
“The AT200 is our new, exciting offering to the commuter rail market, a highly standardised yet flexible design that improves the travelling experience for tomorrow’s commuters.”