A NORTH-EAST train builder has unveiled its design for HS2 trains as it launches its "Great British" bid to secure a £2.75bn contract.

Hitachi, based in Newton Aycliffe, have launched their joint bid with Bombardier to win the HS2 contract, with bosses describing their bid as "the most advanced, customer-oriented train ever to run in the UK".

The Northern Echo:

The contract, worth £2.75bn, is to design, build and maintain at least 54 trains for Phase One of HS2.

Karen Boswell, Hitachi Rail’s managing director said: “Hitachi-Bombardier’s Great British train for HS2 would be a shining example of British ingenuity.

"Our bid, if successful, would bring significant benefits for economies and communities, while truly transforming connectivity and passengers’ experience.”

The Northern Echo:

Phil Hufton, Bombardier’s UK President, added: “HS2 is this generation's chance to transform our country.

"Our Great British train will connect our great cities and improve the journeys of every passenger. HS2’s vision is to be a catalyst for growth across Britain – we are ready to make that happen.”

Alongside London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, HS2 services will also serve destinations beyond the core HS2 network, including York, Newcastle, Liverpool, the North West, Glasgow and Edinburgh.