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HS2 phase one train bidder shortlist

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Five ‘train-builders’ have been shortlisted for the ‘£2.75 billion’ rolling stock contract for HS2 phase one, High Speed Two Limited has announced. They are Alstom Transport (France), Bombardier Transportation (Germany), Hitachi Rail (Japan), Patentes Talgo S.L.U. (Spain), and Siemens (Germany).

In September 2017, Alstom and Siemens announced plans for the former to be acquired by the latter, with the merged rolling stock operation being headquartered in France. If the merger goes ahead, there is likely to be ‘rationalisation’ of Alstom Siemens manufacturing capacity, and product lines.

Bombardier is also looking to further rationalise its train production capacity, most of which is located in Germany.

Given the extent of factory overcapacity, it seems unlikely that bidders for HS2 phase one trains would want to create significant manufacturing capacity for high speed trains in Great Britain.

gov.uk, hs2 phase one train bidders, 02 Nov 2017

gov.uk, hs2 phase one train bidders, 01 Nov 2017

Written by beleben

November 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Posted in HS2

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  1. The HS2 production line rolls them out with ever increasing velocity: numbers and superlatives.
    Here, passengers will be tens of thousands a day or there 300,000 – when it would be simpler to stay with the original guesstimate of 110 million (per year). But that would be too repetitious.
    Over there, there will hundreds of jobs created, while another says thousands.
    Hitachi will “build”, that is, assemble, 100 IE trains over three years to 2020 so should be available for the 54 hybrids’ production (assembly) thereafter. Then somewhere around 2030, there will be another contract for around 100 HS2 trains (mixed contract of hybrids and off-the-shelf HS) to 2033. From this base combined with the existing Bombardier capacity of similar output, UK govt is able to declare: “Rail industry leaders have forecast that thousands of new state-of-the-art trains will be rolling off UK production lines over the coming years”. Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Grayling?
    And you have to wonder where are the Chinese – so heavily wooed by George Osborne?

    Michael Holliday

    November 3, 2017 at 3:11 pm

  2. Bombadier’s not-so-high-speed trains are from Germany. Bombadier’s higher-speed trains are from China. Bombadier UK make tube trains?

    Mike

    November 4, 2017 at 1:03 am

    • On the other hand, the UK government will surely give preferential consideration to any manufacturer which commits to building the trains in the UK.

      Moomo

      November 4, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      • I seem to recall a certain train contract being awarded to Siemens, not Bombadier.
        Hitachi claim that they’ll build in the UK.

        Mike

        November 5, 2017 at 4:52 pm


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