The first new Intercity Express train built by Hitachi in Japan has been unloaded in Britain.
The train was unloaded from a transporter ship at Southampton today in front of a welcoming committee led by rail minister Claire Perry.
Although the first Class 800 unit was completed at Hitachi's Kasado works in Japan, most of the two fleets, which are intended for the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines, will be assembled at a new £82 million plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
The orders from the Hitachi-led consortium Agility Trains for a total of 122 trains, worth a total of £5.7 billion when maintenance is taken into account, had been followed by criticism that the trains would not be wholly built in Britain. However, the DfT emphasised that they contain components from almost 30 suppliers based in the UK, and that the assembly plant in County Durham will create 730 jobs.
The first train will now undergo testing to get the fleet ready for service on Great Western from 2017 and East Coast from 2018. All the trains will be in service by 2020.
De eerste trein van het Intercity Express Program (Class 800 / 801) is gearriveerd in het Verenigd Koninkrijk.
Dit stel is volledig gebouwd in japan, maar de meeste andere treinen worden Newton Aycliffe afgebouwd.
Na uitgebreide testen zullen de eerste treinen vanaf 2017 in dienst komen op de Great Western Main Line en vanaf 2018 op de East Coast Main Line.
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