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The Competition & Markets Authority has approved Hitachi Rail's proposed 17bn purchase of Thales Ground Transportation business following Hitachi's offer to sell its existing main line signalling business in the UK, France and Germany.
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Hitachi Rail has become the worlds first train manufacturer to attain the rigorous PAS 2080 carbon reduction standard for the design, manufacture, and operations of the 100% electric HS2 fleet.
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TransPennine Trains Limited and Angel Trains has awarded Hitachi Rail an eight year contract to continue maintenance of 19 intercity Class 802 trains.
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Hitachi Rail is working with Turntide Technologies to design and manufacture traction battery systems for trial installation on an inter-city trainset.
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Hitachi Rail has been revealed as the latest tenant at 24 St Vincent Place, the historic former home of the Citizen newspaper in Glasgow.
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The first of Avanti West Coast's fleet of new trains leaves Hitachi Rail's factory to begin a two month programme of dynamic testing.
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Hitachi Rail Europe Newton Aycliffe: The first of Avanti West Coast's new fleet of trains has begun dynamic testing at Network Rail’s Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC) in Leicestershire. In a major milestone for the ...
Avanti West Coast /11/2022

FirstGroup's 100% electric rail operator Lumo has achieved two major milestones in its first year, having attracted a million passengers and seen rail overtake air travel to become the preferred mode of transport between Edinburgh and London.

Since the introduction of its full timetable in April, Lumo has helped to make rail the favoured mode of transport between Edinburgh and London. Its average ticket price is just £37.

Between April and August, 57% of journeys between Edinburgh and London were by rail, compared to a pre-pandemic position of 35% for April-August 2019. Some 66% of travellers chose rail over domestic flights in August itself, suggesting the trend may be set to continue.
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Hitachi Rails new 'Blues Train', one of the most advanced trains in the world, was unveiled today (Wednesday 21st 2022) in Berlin at the worlds largest rail transport fair, InnoTrans. Built for Trenitalia, the cutting-edge battery hybrid train will reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption by 50% and has the ability to arrive at and depart from stations completely under battery power. The train will be the first ever tri-mode (using battery, electric and diesel power) fleet to enter passenger service in Europe, later this year.
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With one of the worlds most ambitious climate change targets 'net zero by 2045' Scotland has to transform itself in just 23 years. Central to this plan is greater renewable generation and decarbonising road and rail.
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Hitachi rail workers will strike for 3 days from tomorrow in a row over pay and conditions.

RMT members are seeking an agreement in line with Hitachi members in Doncaster and Hitachi North Pole maintenance which secures a deal on breaks, leave entitlement, shift length and pay.

However during negotiations, Hitachi Rail who had offered a 7.5% pay rise, then decided to withdraw paid meal breaks and a reduction in the working week elements of the offer.

Maintenance schedules on LNER, Scotrail and TPE will be disrupted as a result.
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Hitachi Rail is installing its cutting-edge live monitoring solution across Great Western Railway's high-speed fleet of 93 intercity trains, in a world-first for digital maintenance. This technology will boost fleet availability by over 100 days per year. Wireless sensors are being attached to live monitor the entire wheelsets and bogies, allowing real-time data of gearboxes, traction motors, bearings and wheels.
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North Pole Depot: Wireless sensors are being attached to live monitor the entire wheelsets and bogies, allowing real-time data of gearboxes, traction motors, bearings and wheels. This will deliver significant benefits ...
Hitachi Rail Europe /06/2022

Network Rail is trialling technology that will allow digital sensors to spot track faults, cut rail disruption and improve safety on Scotland's network. Hitachi Rail and its subsidiary Perpetuum have been awarded a contract by Network Rail to develop the first real-time digital solution that monitors, and eventually predicts, sections of track that affect ride quality and require maintenance.
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Major boost for UK train-building as HS2s state-of-the-art fleet of 225mph (360km/h) high speed trains will be built by Alstom and Hitachi Rail at their factories in County Durham, Derby and Crewe. Landmark contract set to support 2,500 jobs across the UK and boost the economy by over £157m each year.
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GB Railfreight (GBRf), in partnership with Hitachi Rail, is proud to have supported Lumo by delivering its brand-new fleet of Class 803 high-speed electric trains that entered service last month.
Since May, GBRf has provided Hitachi Rail with train planning, haulage, and crews for the testing of these new trains which aim to bring rapid, low-cost, electric travel to the East Coast Main Line, from London to Edinburgh. GBRf will shortly deliver the fifth and final train for the Lumo fleet to Hitachi Rails Edinburgh depot in Craigentinny.
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Hitachi Rail, Angel Trains and TPE have agreed in principle to retrofit intercity battery hybrid trains in order to carry out a trial of this clean technology on the Transpennine route in 2022.
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Woodacre Crossing: Possibly because of the proposed changes to the Newcastle to Edinburgh route in May 2022, TPE Class 802 Hybrids worked a Craigentinny - Preston - Glasgow - Preston - Craigentinny test/training diagram ...
Mark Bartlett 17/08/2021

Raskelf: A TransPennine Express Hitachi 5-coach Bi-Mode Class 802 unit runs north along the down fast line, on diesel power, just after passing the former Raskelf station location, to rear of view, whilst work ...
David Pesterfield 18/04/2021

Edinburgh Waverley: A Trans Pennine Class 802 leaves Edinburgh Waverley with the 12.33 to Newcastle on 3rd August 2020.
Bill Roberton 03/08/2020

Hitachi Rail and Eversholt Rail are in the advanced stages of designing and engineering an electric-diesel-battery (tri-mode) train, with plans to trial on a Great Western Railway (GWR) Class 802 train in 2022.

With proof of concept and layout in the final stages of approval, work has begun to build the battery for functional testing and integration onto the train. The battery, which will be 6m x 2.2m in size, will replace one of the diesel engines on a five car GWR Class 802 train.
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Hitachi Rail has agreed a contract with Scottish Power for the supply of 100% renewable electricity for their UK operations over the next three years, helping to accelerate the companys efforts to decarbonise their sites by 2030.
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Hitachi Rail, train operators, and government have agreed, with oversight from the Office of Rail and Road, a service recovery plan to safely reintroduce more 800 Series and 385 Series trains to the network.

The fleet of 800 series trains was removed from service as a precaution at the weekend when cracks were found on some trains.

Following extensive safety checks on their trains, Transpennine Express, Hull Trains and ScotRail have been able to operate services across all of their routes since last weekend.
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The production and welding of a new fleet of Aurora trains have started for East Midlands Railways in Durham. The 33 trains are to be built by Hitachi Rail UK as part of a £110 million investment.

With the Aurora trains to enter service in 2023, there are presently over 40 newly qualified welders and painters working on them.
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Scotland's ambitious plans to transform its railways to a zero emissions network by 2035 is helping to push forward innovation in green technology that could ultimately change the world.
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A trainbuilder says it has created scores of jobs and laid a platform to be more globally competitive after carrying out a multi-million-pound investment at its County Durham plant.
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Contracts worth £60m for Hitachi Rail Europe to supply and maintain five AT300 five-car electro-diesel multiple-units for use by open access company Hull Trains were finalised by the operator's parent company FirstGroup and leasing company Angel Trains on November 2.

This follows the granting of a 10-year track access agreement to the Yorkshire “ London open access operator, running from 2019 until December 2029.

Hitachi is to build the AT300 trainsets at its plant at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, and maintain them at Bounds Green depot in north London. They are expected to come into service in 2019, running under 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on the East Coast Main Line and continuing on diesel power to Hull and Beverley.
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