Bids roll in for British high-speed rail project

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LONDON — The United Kingdom is planning upgrades to its high-speed rail connections between London and northern England, and bids to build the trains that will operate on the High Speed 2 network are beginning to come in.

Siemens, Alstom, Bombardier transportation, Hitachi Rail Europe, and Patentes Talgo have all been shortlisted for the passenger deal. In total, the contract is worth $3.6 billion and covers the manufacture and maintenance of 54 train sets.

Notably absent from the list is Chinese company CRRC, the world's largest train manufacturer. In recent years, the company has signaled that it has ambitions of expanding to the international market.

The new trains will run at up to 225 miles per hour, and the project will create about 25,000 British jobs. The network is set to open by 2026.

The five shortlisted companies will submit formal bits in the spring of 2018, and HS2 will announce a winner in early 2019.

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