A consortium headed by Hitachi has been chosen to build the next generation of high-speed trains that will replace the aging HST fleet, running on the East coast main line and Great Western lines. Despite the controversy on the awarding of the contract – Hitachi being Japanese and the bulk of the work being done in Japan – the fact remains that there were no UK based firms available to satisfy the contract. Hitachi built the new Javelin train that will run on the South Coast line (HS1).
But let’s face it, the design looks good and the winners will be the people in the UK who will get to travel on these new systems. Now let us see the Western lines from London electrified.