Alstom is looking at a number of different options in the UK market over the next few years according to Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development UK & Ireland.
Speaking in Berlin on September 18 ahead of the InnoTrans exhibition, he said: “In the UK we are moving into other services that follow the market. We are number one in the world for ‘out of a box’ projects.”
HS2 is one the company is eyeing, and it is one of five bids shortlisted to build 54 classic compatible trains for the new line. “HS2 is the next truly big prize for the UK. We’ve got the biggest range and we are analysing the Invitation to Tender,” said Muldoon.
Providing the signalling was also something the company would be interested in.
He highlighted the company’s partnership with Stagecoach in the bidding for the next Southeastern franchise, and added: “We’ll take a more hands-on approach, but we are looking at a train too.” He said Alstom had been out of the UK rolling stock market “by design” but that it now has products available, including electric multiple units, that can be adapted for specific designs including suburban markets or 125mph running.
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