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Agility Trains Ltd.
Type Private
Founded 2008 (2008)
Headquarters London, England, UK
Parent Hitachi (40%)
John Laing (30%)
Barclays (30%)[1]

Agility Trains is consortium of Hitachi, John Laing, and Barclays Private Equity which has been awarded a contract to design, manufacture, and maintain a fleet of long-distance trains to replace Britain's InterCity 125 and InterCity 225 fleets as part of the Department for Transport's Intercity Express Programme.[2][3]

The Hitachi Super Express is designed to provide more seats and reduced journey times whilst being more environmentally friendly.[3]

The company will build a new factory in Sheffield, Ashby de la Zouch, or Gateshead which will employ up to 500 workers.[4]

Agility Trains expect to create 2,500 new jobs as a result of the Intercity Express Programme and support up to 12,500 in other companies.[1] although this was questioned by some. Conservative MP Theresa Villiers said, "Only around 500 at most of the 12,500 jobs announced today will be created in the UK by the train builder Hitachi and Labour have produced no convincing evidence to back up the rest of their claims on jobs."[4]

The first 70 of the 1,400 carriages will be constructed by Hitachi in Japan, then the body shells will be shipped from Japan to be fitted out in the UK.[4]


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