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Hitachi Rail Showcases High Speed Rail Vision

Press Release   •   Jul 08, 2015 09:00 BST

London; 8th July, 2015 – Hitachi Rail is presenting its headline vision for the future of high speed rail at the UIC High Speed Congress in Tokyo.

To mark the occasion, Hitachi Rail is exclusively releasing 3D film footage of its conceptual train interior, in which the central focus is the user experience.

The interior has been developed following extensive user research and passenger studies. The high speed vision encompasses Hitachi’s expertise in delivering rolling stock for the Shinkansen and for High Speed 1 in the UK.

The design draws upon key influences from existing and influential rolling stock in Japan and the UK and looks forward in time to address the needs of future passengers, providing a train that has the flexibility to grow and evolve with the needs of society.

Design influences have been extended beyond rail to also examine the automotive and aeronautical industries, creating a balance between comfort, speed, efficiency and aesthetics. The interior images and design theory will be experienced by visitors to the UIC High Speed Congress through the use of 3D imaging and a fully immersive virtual reality walk-through.

As well as promoting our high speed concept, the Hitachi stand also offers details of the Class 800/801 train for the UK Department for Transport’s InterCity Express Programme. The first pre-series Class 800/801 trains, which were built at Hitachi’s Kasado works, are currently under test in the UK.The majority of the trains (110) will be made at the company’s flagship rail vehicle manufacturing facility in County Durham, England.

The ninth UIC High Speed Congress, is being held from 7 - 10 July at the Tokyo International Forum. Hitachi Rail is proud to be exhibiting at this important industry event.

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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 .

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