Hitachi Rail Europe has revealed the next generation of commuter train it will build at its Newton Aycliffe facility.
The AT200 trains will feature air conditioning and power sockets at every seat, and Wi-Fi.
The designs were displayed by the company which is in competition to operate commuter trains in that area and as part of the £741 million Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).
To be made at Hitachi’s new 100-125mph train factory under construction in Newton Aycliffe.
Hitachi say the carriages will make better use of passenger space, with revamped tables, toilets and LED lighting throughout.
Onboard diagnostics technology will continuously monitor the train’s performance and feed back to the maintenance base in real time.
The AT200s can be provided in 3-car to 12-car formations depending on route line requirements.
Hitachi hopes to win not only the EGIP train contract but also the London Overground extension contract which involves supplying trains on new Overground routes from Liverpool Street station in London and to replace the current two-car diesel trains on the Gospel Oak-Barking route.
Hitachi has already been chosen to replace the UK’s ageing fleet of inter city express trains.
Now take a look at how Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe plant is coming together with birds-eye view