Train manufacturer Hitachi Rail Europe has awarded the flooring contract for its Intercity Express Programme to Cornwall-based Treadmaster Flooring.
As reported in the Northern Echo, Tiflex subsiduary Treadmaster Flooring, will lay rubber carpet underlays on Hitachi’s new Intercity Express Programme East Coast and Great Western Main Line Class 800 series trains.
Jamie Foster, Hitachi’s procurement director, said: “Safety is absolutely central to everything we do and any products, parts or companies we use to provide safety elements need to demonstrate that they can meet the highest possible standards.
“Tiflex have a lot of experience in this area including in supplying the flooring for a number of London Underground projects.”
In July 2012, the Department for Transport signed the contract with Agility Trains to undertake the Intercity Express Programme. For Hitachi Rail Europe, this meant the start of a programme that will see the investment in a state-of-the-art train manufacturing plant in the UK, the creation of 730 jobs in the Northeast of England, investment in new and refurbished depots across the countries and the design, build, and introduction into service of 92 new modern trains.
It is expected that the train manufacturing plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK will create major opportunities for the UK and European supply chain.