Hitachi Rail Europe - New Assembly Plant

Hitachi is part of the Agility Trains consortium which has been awarded a £4.5BN contract to construct, maintain and service the next generation of intercity carriages to improve the UK’s mainline rail services.

Nearly 600 new carriages will be made in a factory to be built at Merchant Park, a site owned by Merchant Place Developments. Construction was started in 2013 and the facility was completed in 2015.

This has involved significant liaison between TGA, Hitachi Rail Europe and specialist suppliers of equipment which will be installed and operated within the factory building.

TGA have also been responsible for the development of the services infrastructure both to the Hitachi Rail site (including power supplies for the building and for the test track, the latter at 132kV) and the wider Merchant Park site.

The Hitachi Rail building was completed in the summer of 2015 with the above photograph showing a view of one of the bays in the Test Line House shortly before handover.

Hitachi was awarded the RICS North East Project of the Year in 2018.