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Government to buy trains

More than 900 jobs will be created and thousands more secured after Transport Secretary Justine Greening approved a £4.5bn contract to supply Britain with the next generation of intercity trains.

“A new train factory is fantastic news for Britain and will be welcomed by everyone who wants to see a thriving UK manufacturing sector. It means 730 new skilled jobs created at the factory, 200 jobs in constructing the plant and thousands of jobs secured in the supply chain.

“The decision to build almost 600 new intercity train carriages is great for rail passengers who will experience faster and more comfortable journeys when travelling across Britain on the East Coast and Great Western main lines.

– Justine Greening, Transport Secretary


Exclusive: Japanese trains for the Thames Valley

Meridian Tonight can exclusively reveal that a one billion pounds worth of Japanese Bullet trains will be used in the Thames Valley. First Great Western hopes the first of the 500 carriages will come into service in 2016.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was given exclusive access to the Hitachi factory in Kasado which is close to Hiroshima and to ride on the world famous Shinkansen bullet trains.

In this report he talks to Kentaro Masai of the Kasado factory and Darren Cumner who will be in charge of the assembly plant in the UK for the trains.

Bullet trains in the Thames Valley

Meridian exclusively can reveal the Government will announce an order for one billion pounds worth of new Japanese style bullet trains within the next week for First Great Western services in the Thames Valley.

500 new carriages will be built with the first in operation around 2016 or 2017, our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse understands.

The new trains will not look quite like the latest Shinkansen bullet trains but they will have the same technology. The latest ones in Japan have a very long nose which helps with the aerodynamics. The ones here will be shorter but will be distinctive.