Replacing diesel-powered HST rolling stock in the UK
The Intercity Express Programme (IEP) is a project in progress. For this important step change in train travel in the UK, Hitachi Rail Europe will provide new electric and bi-mode trains, for both the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.
The replacement of 40-year-old high speed diesel-powered fleets throughout the UK
The Department for Transport started the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) in 2005 to consider what should replace the ageing High Speed Trains (HSTs). Following the government’s decision to electrify the Great Western Main Line to Swansea, IEP is integrated with the electrification programme in addition to Network Rail’s investment programmes, Crossrail, the Thameslink programme and HS2. As part of the IEP, Network Rail will deliver infrastructure changes and Agility Trains (a consortium of Hitachi Rail Europe and John Laing Investments) as the Train Service Provider will deliver the Hitachi-made, Hitachi-maintained trains into passenger service each day.
In July 2012, the DfT signed the contract with Agility Trains. For Hitachi Rail Europe, this meant the start of a programme that will see the investment in a state-of-the-art train manufacturing plant in the UK, the creation of 730 jobs in the Northeast of England, investment in new and refurbished depots across the countries and the design, build, and introduction into service of 92 highly reliable, fully serviceable, modern trains.
The family of new Super Express Trains will constitute a step change in capacity, improved reliability and reduced environmental impact on every train journey. Hitachi Rail Europe will carry out the maintenance for the next 27.5 years.
Our trains are a combination of fully electric and bi-mode trains, the latter have diesel and electric propulsion. The trains can travel at up to 125 mph, in various formations from five to ten cars.
IEP will provide an efficient means for passengers to travel on electrified and non-electrified routes, as well as enhancing the customer experience with more modern trains, better interiors and seating arrangements, and of course, faster journey times.
All of this will lead to a significant improvement in passenger experience and cost savings to the UK government on the long term operation and maintenance of intercity train services across the UK.
The plans for our European train manufacturing plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK are highly advanced and an archaeological survey has already started on the site.
This investment will generate at least 730 new jobs, and major opportunities for the UK and European supply chain. We look forward to working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, local authorities and a new workforce to create a world-class manufacturing facility.
On-time delivery, supported for life:
Service introduction scheduled for December 2017
The first test trains will be manufactured in Japan and they will arrive in the UK in 2014, followed by a full testing and acceptance program.
Trains destined for the Great Western Main Line will be introduced in December 2017. The East Coast Main Line will see the first new trains go into passenger service in 2018.
We will finish the delivery of all of the trains by 2018 for Great Western and by 2020 for East Coast.
The trains will be maintained in depots in Doncaster, Bristol, Swansea and London.
Up to 60,000 miles per technical fault
Expected performance of the electric trains is 60,000 miles per casualty and for all the other trains 45,000 miles between casualties.
This investment will generate at least 730 new jobs, and major opportunities for the UK and European supply chain.