Five To Bid For £2.75bn Hs2 Train Contract
The Railway Magazine|December 2017

Five To Bid For £2.75bn Hs2 Train Contract

Ben Jones

ALSTOM, Bombardier, Hitachi Rail Europe, Siemens and Talgo have been invited to bid for the £2.75billion contract to design and build the first generation of ‘classic compatible’ trains for High Speed 2 (HS2).

HS2’s outline specification calls for trains capable of operating at up to 225mph (360kph), with ‘unparalleled levels of reliability, speed and comfort’.

The new trains will be required to meet the highest international standards for passenger experience, noise reduction, and environmental sustainability, while maximising skills, employment and growth opportunities by making use of the UK supply chain wherever possible.

All five bidders will be invited to tender in spring 2018, with contracts awarded in 2019.

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