The shortlist for HS2 trains announced

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The Department for Transport, has selected five companies to build trains for the new HS2 rail network.

Alstom Transport, Bombardier Transportation UK, Hitachi Rail Europe, Patentes Talgo and Siemens are vying for the £2.75 billion contract.

The winner will design, build, and maintain a certain 54 new high-speed trains.

The vehicles, which can travel at speeds of up to 225mph, should enter service in 2026.

The government has been criticized in the past for the award of transport contracts to foreign companies instead of companies of the UNITED kingdom.

In 2011, he has chosen to hand a contract to build train carriages for the Thameslink rail route to Siemens, which rival Bombardier has said threatened 1,400 jobs at its Derby plant.

A number of companies that were selected have JOINED the production lines as the Hitachi manufacturing plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, while Alstom is developing the new train technology and production plant in Widnes, Cheshire.

HS2 minister Paul Maynard said on Thursday: “Thousands of experienced British jobs and apprenticeships will be created by HS2, which gets a step closer as we reveal the companies shortlisted to build high-speed trains.”

In the summer, the government announced that businesses would have the construction of the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham.

The preparatory work has begun and major construction work will begin in 2018-19.

The five bidders for the train-building contract next year and the contract will be awarded in 2019.