Talgo targets benefits for the UK

Spanish manufacturer Talgo promises to “regenerate the UK industrial base”, should it be successful in the HS2 trains bidding process.

The company is currently evaluating several sites and plans to make an announcement shortly.

Welcoming its inclusion on the revised list of shortlisted companies, Key Account Manager UK & Ireland Jon Veitch said: “We have committed to opening a factory in the UK if we win this history-changing contract. Talgo recognises the significant, serious and growing encouragement and support that it continues to receive from members of UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, parliaments and assembly.”
The company exclusively told RAIL last year of its plans to build a facility in the UK, and Veitch has held discussions with leading politicians in Scotland and Wales, as well as in Westminster. He said Talgo was determined that up to 1,000 jobs would be created, with significant apprenticeship, training and educational opportunities.

Of the HS2 deal, he said: “Talgo intends to provide the fastest, most environmentally friendly and most comfortable trains at the best value for money.”

  • For the FULL story on the HS2 trains shortlist, read RAIL 857, published on July 18, and available on July 14 on Android/iPad.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 10/07/2018 20:30

    They could also be favourites to manufacture new London Underground tube trains for the Bakerloo Line, Central Line and Waterloo & City Line. As Siemens have won the contract to manufacture new tube stocks for the Piccadilly Line. Or Talgo to build new EMU, Bi-Mode (EDMU), EDMU/DMU, tram vehicles and LRV's.

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  • Stephen Galley - 14/07/2018 00:23

    We definitely want our railways re-nationalized, and also set up a new British factory and start making our own trains again, it is absolutely humiliating for a great country like Britain with a long, proud history of railways to give every single order, bar none, to foreign companies. It is disgusting actually. We never would have had a George Stephenson or a Flying Scotsman or a Mallard or an Intercity 125 if we had always done this, we will never have anything like that ever again if we keep doing it.

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