MANUFACTURER HOPES TO WIN EMU ORDERS
HITACHI IS looking to improve its maintenance procedures and delivery of trains for service. The manufacturer has faced some criticism that it has struggled to deliver the required number of daily diagrams for some operators, notably Great Western Railway, with some short formations and sets operating in diesel-only mode due to insufficient time to perform pantograph checks.
Nick Hughes, Hitachi Rail’s Sales Director, told Modern Railways: ‘We’ve got pretty much UK-wide depot capability and we’re touching these trainsets every day when they come back after doing their diagrams. It’s an important part of our brand that we start to get the highest level of reliability right across the train fleet; in service performance is the second part of the equation after delivery. So, although we’re fairly satisfied across the fleet, you’ll see a step forward on that.’