Train manufacturers Hitachi Rail Europe have unveiled the train that will soon be gracing the East Coast mainline in an impressive demonstration of its work on the Intercity Express Programme.
The Japanese firm unveiled one of the trains being manufactured for the UK Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme in Tokyo, two years on from the order it received in July 2012.
Hitachi is currently manufacturing three pre-series trains for the IEP at Kasado Works in Kudamatsu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture and the new trains are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
In the first half of 2015 the three trains – each measuring five to 12 cars long, will be shipped to the UK for test operations.
In total 122 trains have been ordered, 12 of which are being manufactured in Japan.
The remaining 110 trains are scheduled to be manufactured here in the North East, at the rail vehicle manufacturing facility currently under construction in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
The project is being undertaken based on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme led by the British Department for Transport, with financial support provided by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), as well as other organisations.
The Class 800 series trains are scheduled to be in operation from 2017 on the Great Western Main Line and from 2018 on the East Coast Main Line.