Hitachi Rail Europe’s flagship Ashford Train Maintenance Centre, home of the iconic Class 395 fleet, has won a prestigious environmental award from Japan-based Hitachi Limited.
The organisation’s environmental team look for examples of exemplary practice from across the suite of group companies.
Nigel King, Fleet Manager, Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “It is an honour and a pleasure to be granted Eco Factory Select Status and this is a result of the hard work and drive of the team here at Ashford to implement a range of energy-saving and carbon-offsetting measures.”
Measures implemented include the installation of LED lighting, the continual measurement and evaluation of energy consumption, year-on-year improvements in electricity and gas usage and the running of a paperless facility.
Nigel added: “We look forward to building on the experience that we showcased in this year’s award in the future."
About Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd.
Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Europe, Ltd. and is headquartered in London, UK.
Hitachi Rail Europe is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signalling, traffic management systems, and maintenance depots.
Hitachi draws on many years of experience as a leading supplier of high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bullet train) for the Japanese and international markets. In Europe, Hitachi Rail Europe’s first rolling stock contract was to deliver a fleet of 29 Class 395 trains, the first domestic high-speed train in the UK, which are maintained at Hitachi’s state of the art depot in Ashford, Kent. As part of the British Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme, Hitachi Rail Europe will replace the UK’s ageing fleet of Intercity trains, and will establish a new rolling stock manufacturing facility in the UK for this purpose. The trains will be maintained and services in a number of new maintenance
depots along the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.
For more information about the company, please visit: www.Hitachirail-eu.com .