London, September 24, 2014 – Hitachi Rail today hosted an event at
international transport trade fair InnoTrans in Berlin to celebrate its key
suppliers to the Intercity Express Programme (IEP). The event was attended by
the head of the UK Department for Transport’s Rail Executive, and
representatives of over 30 international suppliers to the programme.
The company representatives were presented with an award in recognition
of their close partnership with Hitachi Rail to produce the Class 800/801
trains which will run on the UK’s Great Western and East Coast Main Lines.
Clare Moriarty, Director General Rail Executive, said: “Building a
world-class railway network in the UK is a vital part of our long-term economic
plan, helping to connect communities and businesses, generate jobs and support
economic growth. We couldn’t do this without the support and expertise of the
supply chain, and as the Intercity Express Programme takes shape, with the
first trains due to come into operation from 2017, I’d like to thank all the
companies involved for helping to make this project a reality.”
Andy Barr, Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Rail Europe said: “Today’s
event was an important opportunity for Hitachi Rail to thank its suppliers for
their support for Hitachi Rail’s role in the IEP over the last 12 months, which
has ensured that we are on schedule for building the first three Class 800/801 pre-series
trains. The Intercity Express Programme is a tremendously important project for
Hitachi Rail Europe and we are proud to celebrate our suppliers today.”
Jamie Foster, Procurement Director, Hitachi Rail Europe said: “The
Hitachi Rail procurement team spent a long time looking for the best suppliers
to provide high quality products, exceptional reliability and real value for
money over the lifetime of our trains. With the companies we have recognised
here today, we have found the right fit for us. We are proud that we have been
able to find companies in the UK and the rest of Europe to fulfil our
“While the contracts for the Great Western Main Line are already in
place, I have today instructed my team to close contracts for the first phase
of the East Coast Main Line fleet of trains. With our long-term commitment to
the UK and Europe, we are looking forward to many more celebrations to come.”
These achievements have been boosted by the company’s work with
suppliers from the UK and Europe. When the headquarters of the global rail
business moved to Europe earlier this year, a keen emphasis was placed on
Hitachi Rail’s commitment to building a strong base here and developing supplier
relationships. Hitachi has honoured this commitment and will continue to build
and sustain these links as the rail business expands.
information about Hitachi Rail and its vision for rail passenger travel and
signalling, please visit stand 304 in Hall 4.2 at InnoTrans 2014. Hitachi
Rail is proud to be leading the way in the development of ground-breaking
technological advances in the sector and welcomes the opportunity to discuss
these with you.
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 .