Hitachi Rail news

News about Japanese railway rolling stock and equipment manufacturer Hitachi Rail and its international businesses.

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    Hitachi Rail to sell signalling businesses to MerMec


    EUROPE: Hitachi Rail and MerMec have signed a put option agreement for the sale of Hitachi Rail’s main line signalling business in France and its signalling business units in Germany and the UK. A put option gives the seller the right, but not an obligation, to ...

  • Lima metro Line 2 opening (2)
    Metro Report International

    Peru’s first underground metro line opens


    PERU: The first section of Lima metro Line 2 has been opened by President Dina Boluarte and Minister of Transport & Communications Raúl Pérez Reyes. Phase 1a, which opened on December 21, runs 5 km entirely underground from Evitamiento to Mercado Santa Anita with five stations. ...

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    In depth

    Data systems: Managing the transition to next-generation communications


    The emergence of packet-based MPLS-TP data networks offers infrastructure managers a means to move away from legacy technology such as Time Division Multiplex, enabling them to keep pace with demands for an increasingly digital railway.

  • Hitachi Blues at InnoTrans

    Hybrid train comes with ethical certification of its supply chain


    ITALY: Hitachi Rail says it is the first rolling stock manufacturer to be able to track not just the environmental impact of its products, but also their social impact via a Social Product Declaration. The SPD for Hitachi Rail’s Masaccio electric-battery-diesel hybrid multiple-units, known as Blues ...

  • ETR1000 high speed trainset

    Trenitalia orders high speed trains equipped to reach the Netherlands


    ITALY: Hitachi Rail has signed a €861m contract to supply Trenitalia with a further 30 ETR1000 high speed trainsets. There is a €287m option for another 10 in addition. Announcing the order on November 10, Hitachi said the trainsets with a design speed of 350 km/h ...

  • Rio Tinto AutoHaul train (Photo Hitachi Rail)

    Interlocking upgrade on driverless heavy haul network


    AUSTRALIA: Hitachi Rail is to begin work shortly on the third and final phase of upgrading interlockings on Rio Tinto’s autonomous heavy haul rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In 2018 Rio Tinto launched automated operation under its AutoHaul programme, with Hitachi technology ...

  • Lisboa OCC (Photo: Thales)

    Hitachi Rail’s acquisition of Thales GTS approved


    EUROPE: The European Commission has approved Hitachi Rail’s proposed €1·66bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business, subject to agreed divestments to preserve competition in the signalling market. The announcement on October 30 means the deal has now been cleared by all 13 competition authorities which ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Regulator approves Hitachi Rail acquisition of Thales GTS


    UK: The Competition & Markets Authority has approved Hitachi Rail’s proposed €1·7bn purchase of Thales’ Ground Transportation business following Hitachi’s offer to sell its existing main line signalling business in the UK, France and Germany. CMA will need to approve the purchaser, and key customers will ...

  • Maryland metro train
    Metro Report International

    Next-generation Baltimore metro car unveiled


    USA: Maryland Transit Administration has unveiled the first of 78 metro cars being supplied by Hitachi Rail to replace the existing fleet on the Baltimore Metro Subway Link. MTA said on September 14 that the new vehicles would represent ‘a significant leap forward in our mission ...

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    Hitachi Rail restarts EU approval process for Thales GTS acquisition


    EUROPE: Hitachi Rail has refiled its merger notification with the European Commission, formally restarting the clearance process for its proposed acquisition of Thales’s Ground Transportation Systems business in the EU. Regulatory approvals have been obtained in 11 of the 13 required jurisdictions since the planned €1·66bn ...

  • Torino Hitachi Rail tram (3)
    Metro Report International

    Torino trams begin entering service


    ITALY: The first of 70 trams which Hitachi Rail’s Napoli plant is supplying to Torino transport operator GTT entered service on September 11, following an official unveiling by the mayor the previous week The trams have been ordered under a May 2020 framework agreement. A €63·4m ...

  • Artists impression of a HS2 train
    Rail Business UK

    Carbon reduction standard helps make HS2 trains ‘leaner and greener’


    UK: Hitachi Rail says it is the first train manufacturer to attain BSI’s PAS 2080 standard for carbon management in infrastructure. This follows an assessment of the full life-cycle of the 54 trainsets it is to supply for High Speed 2 through a joint venture of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Competition & Markets Authority narrows concerns over Hitachi acquisition of Thales signalling business


    UK: Hitachi Rail’s planned €1·7bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation Systems business would not result in a substantial lessening of competition in the UK communications-based train control market, the Competition & Markets Authority says in an update of its provisional conclusions on the transaction. The announcement ...

  • Southeastern refurbished Class 395 EMU interior
    Rail Business UK

    First Class 395 refurbishment completed


    UK: The first of Southeastern’s 29 six-car Class 395 electric multiple-units has returned to service following an interior refresh. Unit 395 012 entered the operator’s Ashford depot on June 12 and re-emerged on August 14. The £27m programme, which is being carried out in partnership with ...

  • TransPennine Express Class 802 Nova 1 on the coast (Photo Hitachi Rail)
    Rail Business UK

    Hitachi awarded TPT Class 802 maintenance contract


    UK: Operator TransPennine Trains Ltd has awarded manufacturer Hitachi Rail a contract to continue to maintain its 19 Class 802/2 inter-city trainsets until 2031. Hitachi Rail said the £240m eight-year contract announced on July 10 would help to maintain more than 550 jobs at depots in ...

  • Queensland train

    ‘Over and back’ speeds Brisbane ETCS testing


    AUSTRALIA: Hitachi Rail has adopted ‘over and back’ switching principles to speed up the testing of digital train control systems being installed on the southeast Queensland rail network. ETCS Level 2 operation is being introduced in conjunction with Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project, which will see ...

  • Milano M4 opening
    Metro Report International

    Metro opening aims to make Milano even more liveable


    ITALY: An extension of Milano metro Line M4 has opened, providing a direct link from Linate airport to the city centre. The 5·3 km first phase of M4 from the airport as far as Dateo opened in November 2022, but was initially isolated from the rest ...

  • Honolulu metro opening ceremony
    Metro Report International

    First section of Honolulu metro opens at last


    USA: Revenue services on the first phase of Honolulu’s Skyline-branded light metro line started on June 30 with an opening ceremony held at Aloha Stadium at 14.00. Passengers possessing a valid HOLO public transport smartcard can travel for free until July 4. The first section of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Hitachi acquisition of Thales GTS could reduce signalling competition, warns UK M&A regulator


    UK: Hitachi’s proposed €1·7bn acquisition of Thales’ Ground Transportation business could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the British signalling market, the Competition & Markets Authority has provisionally concluded.

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    In depth

    Interview: Creating a sustainable global player


    Giuseppe Marino rejoined Hitachi Rail as Group CEO at the start of April. In his first interview with the railway trade press, he reflects on the company’s strategic challenges in the evolving rail market and outlines his priorities to Nick Kingsley.