Hitachi unveils new bullet trains in U.K.

Jiji Press LONDON (Jiji Press) — Hitachi Ltd. on Tuesday unveiled to the media new Azuma bullet trains before they enter regular service between London and Leeds, northern England, Wednesday.

The Azuma trains, to be operated at the maximum speed of 200 kph, will replace trains built more than 30 years ago. The Azuma services will be extended to Scotland.

Azuma, inspired by Shinkansen bullet trains, combines a sophisticated design and Britain’s technologies, British Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Transport Andrew Jones told a ceremony.

Hitachi officials said the company is considering expanding its rail car production plant in Newton Aycliffe, northern England.

Hitachi will make its final decision after the course of Britain’s exit from the European Union is fixed, according to the officials. Several billion yen would likely be invested.

In Britain, Hitachi assembles train cars from components made mainly at the Kasado plant in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

“We’ll cut transportation costs. We’ll build train cars at the British plant,” Kasado plant manager Junichi Kawahata said.Speech

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