TOKYO -- A European subsidiary of Hitachi will build an additional 63 train cars for a British intercity high-speed rail project.
The deal with Great Western Railway is estimated at just under 20 billion yen ($197 million). Hitachi Rail Europe will also offer maintenance once the project is complete. It supplied 173 cars last year to the subsidiary of British transportation operator FirstGroup, and the new order lifts the tally to 236.
The seven AT300 trains, with standardized designs and components, will boast a maximum operating speed of 201kph. A diesel engine and large fuel tank will enable them to also run on nonelectrified tracks.
The rolling stock will traverse 490km of track connecting London to the southeastern U.K. The trains will be ready for use starting in the summer of 2018. Hitachi Rail Italy will build the cars at a Pistoia factory, supplying them in phases.