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Hitachi wins $490m deal for high-speed trains in UK

Eco-friendly rail cars to serve East Midlands region starting in 2022

The Hitachi-built trains will be powered by a diesel engine that the company says cuts harmful emissions by up to 90% compared with conventional models. (Image courtesy of Hitachi)

TOKYO -- Hitachi will deliver a fleet of 165 high-speed, electro-diesel train cars to the U.K. under an order worth 400 million pounds ($488 million), the company announced Wednesday.

The new trains will serve the East Midlands region starting 2022, connecting cities such as Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester to London. They will offer free Wi-Fi service and electric outlets, features popular among passengers. U.K.-based unit Hitachi Rail received the order.

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