Spanish manufacturer CAF has welcomed its invite from High Speed 2 Ltd to bid for the £2.75 billion train contract for Phase 1 of Britain’s second high-speed railway.
The company has been added to the shortlist after Hitachi and Bombardier announced they were forming a joint venture to bid for the contract. HS2 Ltd said it had invited CAF to bid “to ensure a robust competition.”
CAF said the trains, of which there will be at least 54, would be built in its Newport facility if it won the contract. They are due to enter traffic from 2026.
Richard Garner, CAF UK Director said: “We are extremely pleased to be included in the HS2’s procurement programme. Our Oaris high-speed trains use the latest technology offering high-speed travel which is comfortable, safe and provides digital connectivity to facilitate the busy world that we live in.
“The new high-speed trains will meet the highest international standards for passenger experience, noise reduction and environmental sustainability.”
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