All Britain’s main suppliers of rolling stock have been shortlisted to build the fastest and most prestigious trains on the UK network .
The £2.75 billion tender for the 225mph trains for HS2 has also included a wild-card bid from the Spanish high-speed manufacturer Talgo, which has no rolling stock operating in the UK nor currently has any facilities in the country.
The shortlist also has one high-profile absentee: the dominant Chinese high-speed manufacturer CRRC has not been invited to tender, an exclusion that would have seemed strange if the company’s biggest flagwaver in the UK, George Osborne, had still been chancellor.
Shortlist announced for companies to create HS2 trains
THE GOVERNMENT has announced which companies can bid to create the trains that will run on the controversial HS2 high-speed rail line.
A group of five companies can now vie to build the trains — Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, Hitachi Rail Europe, Patentes Talgo SLU, and Siemens PLC.
They will all be invited to tender for the contracts which will cover the design, build and maintenance of at least 54 trains, which are expected to come into service from 2026.
The first trains will begin to roll off the production line in the early 2020s.