CAF to enter HS2 rolling stock tender

HS2 Ltd invited CAF to join the list of companies invited to participate in their procurement programme for the high-speed trains to operate on the UK’s new high-speed network and beyond.
The contracts will be for the design, build and maintenance of at least 54 trains, coming into service from 2026. The contract for the new trains is estimated at EUR 3.1 billion.
According to CAF, the new trains will be built at its manufacturing facility currently being constructed in Newport, Wales. “We are extremely pleased to be included in the HS2’s procurement programme. Our Oaris high speed trains use the latest technology offering high speed travel which is comfortable, safe and provides digital connectivity to facilitate the busy world that we live in,” Richard Garner, CAF UK Director said.
Operating at speeds of up to 360 km/h, the new fleet will deliver unparalleled levels of reliability, speed and comfort as well as providing much-needed extra capacity between the UK’s major cities and giving a boost to high tech skills and expertise in the UK.
In November 2017, HS2 Ltd revealed the train-builders which will deliver the new generation of high-speed trains.
The announced shortlisted bidders were Alstom Transport; Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd in a JV partnership with Hitachi Rail Europe; Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), Patentes Talgo S.L.U; Siemens PLC.