Alstom has published its proposed design of the high-speed train for HS2 Ltd, which will integrate HS2 infrastructure and the conventional network from Scotland to the south of England.
“Alstom’s vision is to make HS2 trains a timeless design classic, with a passenger experience that is as smooth, calm and spacious as it is high speed. Alstom is excited to unveil this proposed train for HS2, which is the most important economic regeneration project in Britain for decades. It will knit together the great cities of the midlands and the north as never before, and turbo-charge our regional economies,” Nick Crossfield, Managing Director for Alstom in UK and Ireland, said.
Being the holder of the world speed record for high speed rail, at 574 km/h, Alstom has market-leading high-speed rail expertise, from iconic train designs such as the TGV in France, Avelia Liberty in the USA and AGV in Italy, combined with 20 years’ experience working with Pendolino trains on the UK’s West Coast Mainline.
In November 2017, HS2 Ltd announced the five shortlisted bidders for the supply of up to 54 high-speed trains, under a contract estimated at GBP 2.75 billion (EUR 3.1 billion).
HS2 will make a decision on the rolling stock contract award in 2020.