Manufacturers showcase their proposed designs as rolling stock bids submitted

High Speed 2

Avelia platform: visual of Alstom’s submission.
Velaro platform: Siemens’ proposed design.
Joint venture bid: the proposed design from Bombardier and Hitachi.

IT’S THE battle of the sexy front ends! 5 June was the deadline for shortlisted bidders to put in their tenders to build at least 54 trains for the first phase of High Speed 2. Train manufacturers eager to secure arguably the most prestigious modern train contract for the UK to date have released new images showing the sets we could be travelling on from 2026.

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