The government has announced that Hitachi is in the running to become one of the companies that could build the next generation of high speed trains for the HS2 line.
Hitachi, which builds its train at a factory in Newton Aycliffe, is among five companies shortlisted to build trains for the high speed line between London and the North of England.
The shortlisted bidders are:
Hitachi Rail Europe
Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd
Patentes Talgo S.L.U
They will all be invited to tender for the contracts, which will cover the design, build and maintenance of at least 54 trains coming into service from 2026.
In a statement, Karen Boswell, Managing Director at Hitachi Rail Europe said:
Hitachi is delighted to have been selected for the next stage of the rolling stock procurement process for HS2. We look forward to further developing our proposals for this hugely exciting and important project, which will deliver enormous benefits for the whole of the U.K."