Avanti West Coast has awarded Hitachi a £350m contract to build 23 new trains, the manufacture has announced.
The trains are expected to be in service from 2022 and the trains will be built at the Newton Aycliffe, County Durham factory.
Andrew Barr, group chief executive of Hitachi’s rail division said, “Based on Japanese bullet train technology, our new trains have proven to be the modern intercity train of choice, increasing passenger satisfaction wherever they run.
“We’re delighted to continue our excellent relationship with FirstGroup and Trenitalia, for whom we’ve delivered hundreds of trains across Italy and the UK.
“This new order, which will be built at our factory in the North East, is another vote of confidence in the success of our trains, which are both green and reliable.”
From Sunday West Coast trains will be replacing Virgin Trains on the west coast route, that links London with towns and cities across England, North Wales and Scotland.