TRB announced that it has been chosen as a preferred supplier for interior partition walls for Hitachi’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and that it has already begun work on several interior components.
TRB is working closely with engineering teams in Japan and the UK to design and manufacture interior partition walls, toilet panels and bike and bulk storage solutions for East Coast Main Line and Great Western Main Line Class 800 series trains, which will operate from 2017.
“TRB demonstrated their ability to provide world-class engineering and excellent production and technical capabilities for interior components. The team has been very supportive and their commitment to the programme and to helping us deliver these outstanding trains is second to none,” said Jamie Foster, Procurement Director, Hitachi Rail Europe.
“We’re proud to be contributing to the Hitachi Class 800 series trains, which will set a new standard for reliability, passenger comfort and environmental impact”, said Andrew Dugmore, President TRB Lightweight Structures.
Construction of Hitachi’s new £82m train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, where these trains will be manufactured, began in January, 2014 and is expected to generate thousands of new jobs in the UK.