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Hitachi Rail Earns £240 Million Maintenance Contract, Bolstering UK Maintenance Business

Hitachi Rail Earns £240 Million Maintenance Contract, Bolstering UK Maintenance Business
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12 / 07 / 2023

Hitachi Rail has secured an eight-year maintenance contract for 19 Class 802 intercity trains, a deal awarded by TransPennine Trains Limited and Angel Trains. The agreement is a testament to the success of Hitachi's 'Nova 1' fleet, which, since its introduction in 2019, has augmented seating capacity on TransPennine Express routes connecting Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, and Edinburgh by an extra 161 seats per train.

The performance of Hitachi in terms of maintenance and reliability has been noteworthy, with the Nova 1 fleet currently outpacing the industry average by 70% in terms of reliability. The contract, valued at £240 million, will secure over 550 jobs at depots throughout Northern England and Scotland. In addition, it bolsters Hitachi Rail's UK maintenance business, which contributes £460 million in gross value.

Jim Brewin, Chief Director UK & Ireland at Hitachi Rail, expressed his delight over the contract, saying it recognises the remarkable work of Hitachi Rail's maintenance team and the fruitful collaboration between TransPennine Express, Angel Trains, and Hitachi Rail. Brewin confirmed that Hitachi would continue to invest and strive to enhance the performance of the Nova 1 fleet.

TransPennine Express's Fleet, Safety, and Service Delivery Director, Paul Staples, expressed his satisfaction with the extended relationship with Hitachi. Staples stated that Hitachi's role as a strategic partner is crucial in keeping customers at the forefront of their operations and ensuring that their Nova 1 trains deliver the finest journey experience for travellers choosing TransPennine Express.