Rail firm Abellio has announced a £400m order from Hitachi's County Durham factory for East Midlands railway.
The firm will build 165 intercity carriages in Newton Aycliffe.
Theses will start operating in 2022 and will serve the main cities and towns on the Midland Main Line including Sheffield, Chesterfield, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Lincoln as well as Kettering and London St Pancras.
Abellio has said that the new trains will offer significant advances on the existing fleet, with passengers benefiting from more seats and modern interiors. It has ordered 33 five-carriage trains, which will regularly be operated in 10-carriage formations.
The trains will include air conditioning, Wi-Fi throughout, plug sockets and better passenger information screens.
Hitachi’s is set to work with more than 60 suppliers from the Midlands on this project.
The funding package for these new Hitachi trains is led by Rock Rail and the fleet will be financed through Rock Rail East Midlands Plc. and leased to Abellio for the life of the franchise.
Commenting on the order, Dominic Booth, Abellio (UK) managing director said:
Karen Boswell, managing director for Hitachi Rail UK, added: “