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Hitachi-Alstom Win £2 Billion Train Deal for U.K.’s HS2 Route

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Illustration of the all-electric HS2 high speed trains.
Illustration of the all-electric HS2 high speed trains.Source: HS2
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Hitachi Ltd. of Japan and French partner Alstom SA won a 2 billion-pound ($2.6 billion) contract to supply a fleet of 225-mile-per-hour electric trains for Britain’s new HS2 high-speed railway.

The consortium, formed by Hitachi and the former Bombardier Transportation business taken over by Alstom in January, will build 54 trains for the first section of track from London Euston station to Birmingham in central England, according to a statement Thursday from HS2 Ltd.