A TRAIN builder has celebrated a decade of delivering ETR 1000 trains, the fastest-ever in-service train in Europe, capable of achieving 400km/h.

Japanese firm Hitachi, which has a factory in Newton Aycliffe, has celebrated its ten year partnership with Bombardier Transportation and said the collaboration has resulted in a transformational train and has set new standards in comfort, reliability and its positive economic benefits.

The partnership began in 2010, when Hitachi and Bombardier confirmed their joint venture to build 50 trains for Italy’s largest operator Trenitalia in a €1.54bn deal.

At an early stage Hitachi and Bombardier formed a single, integrated engineering team to lead the design work, while manufacturing is centred in Hitachi Rail’s Pistoia factory, near Florence.

Nick Hughes, Sales Director, Hitachi Rail said: “The ETR 1000’s success is a fantastic testament to our joint venture and partnership with our customers. Using our combined expertise, the high speed train is setting the standards for across Europe. Our aspiration is to do more and continue to advance high speed train technology and the benefit they can offer passengers around the world.”