Hitachi to build 70 AT200 EMUs for Abellio
Abellio has signed a contract with Hitachi Rail Europe for the provision and maintenance of 70 new AT200 EMUs for the new ScotRail franchise.
Hitachi will build 46 three-car and 24 four-car units to operate on the Edinburgh-Glasgow and Stirling-Alloa-Dunblane lines. The four-car units will enter service in late 2017, with the three-car units following by December 2018. The contract also includes a 10-year maintenance deal, with plans currently in place to stable and service the trains at depots in Edinburgh. If Abellio is awarded a three-year extension of its franchise by the Scottish government, a further 10 three-car units will be provided by 2023.
The first seven trains are scheduled to be built at Hitachi’s Kasado factory in Japan, with the remaining 63 being built at the company’s new Newton Aycliffe train manufacturing facility in County Durham.
The contract is the first for Hitachi’s AT200 commuter train, and is being financed by Caledonian Rail Leasing Ltd, a Special Purpose Vehicle created by SMBC Leasing.