Hitachi, Ltd will build 600 new train carriages for the UK Department for Transport to help strengthen UK manufacturing, The Daily Mail reported on 26 July.
The highly diversified Japanese manufacturing firm will build and assemble the fleet in the UK, creating 530 skilled jobs there, as well as securing thousands more in the UK supply chain.
Operated by Southeastern Trains, the £4.5bn Intercity Express programme is one of the UK’s biggest rolling stock contracts. The new carriages will be assembled at a new factory, construction of which is due to start in 2013. It will be fully operational in 2015.