Bringing our skills and expertise to the UK

Since Hitachi Rail came to the UK we have seen huge successes and development across the business.

1910 - Hitachi established

1924 - First domestic electric train manufactured for Japan

1964 - Involved in building Shinkansen trains in Japan

1999 - Hitachi Rail Europe established in the UK

2002 - V-Train 1 delivered

In 2002 we saw an opportunity to transfer our skills and technology to the UK from Japan and so designed the V-Train 1 (Verification Train) in order to test and prove that our equipment would work in the UK.

2005 – Class 395 contract award and Ashford Depot construction

Between 2005 - 2007 we built the Ashford Maintenance Depot. It is currently our flagship depot in the UK. It was established as a centre of excellence with capability for complete service support.

2007 - V-Train 2 delivered and bidding on the Intercity Express Programme

In May 2007 we unveiled the V-Train 2, a demonstration train designed in order to demonstrate our skills and expertise while bidding for the IEP project in which we are providing replacement trains and additional trains for both the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.

2008 - V-Train 3 delivered and Class 465 traction replacement

In 2008 we introduced the V-Train 3, the trial of on-board ETCS (European Train Control System) equipment in the UK. Our second significant contract in the UK followed and we were contracted to replace the traction equipment on the Class 465 fleet with our bespoke traction technology in order to increase reliability and availability of the ageing stock.

2009 - Class 395 delivered and operational in the UK

The seamless transition of our Japanese technology onto the UK’s rail network led to our first UK contract - the Class 395 became our first rolling stock product in regular service in Europe.

2012 – Contract win for the Intercity Express Programme

The contract award will see the Hitachi team deliver 122 new trains for the Intercity Express Programme and provide maintenance for 27.5 years at depot sites throughout the UK. We also received a contract award at the same time to supply a Traffic Management System prototype for Network Rail.

2014 – Train launches and ETCS contracts

In July 2014 we launched the AT100 Metro and AT200 Commuter train to the UK rail industry. We held a topping out ceremony at our new Stoke Gifford Train Maintenance Centre and won the contract award to fit Hitachi on-board ETCS equipment to two Class 37 trains.

2015 – Scotland, delivery and growth

In March 2015 we signed the contract to provide new rolling stock (the AT200) to Abellio for the Edinburgh – Glasgow ScotRail franchise – operational from 2017. The remainder of 2015 will see us focus on the arrival of the first pre-series Class 800 IEP train in the UK and further develop our business to support the delivery and development of the rolling stock destined for the Intercity Express Programme.