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Britain's newest train factory in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham
It was the last of 35,000 such fixings installed by Story Contracting which connects the new facility with the national network, as well as 7,000 metres of sidings and a 1km long overhead electrified test track.
Work will now concentrate on the fit-out of the factory which will deliver the next generation of high speed rail carriages to the UK and Europe.
Phil Verster, route managing director at Network Rail said: “Today’s final fixing signals an important milestone in this exciting project.
“I would like to thank Merchant Place Developments, Story Contracting and the many suppliers for all the hard work they’ve put in to reach this stage. Work to finish the signalling and power will complete later this year.”
The location of the Hitachi factory will allow the new trains to join the Network Rail East Coast mainline, where they will be tested before entering service. The plan is for the new trains to enter passenger service on the Great Western routes from Paddington, but this depends on the electrification scheme being delivered on time. At the moment the East Coast line is scheduled to run the new trains in service following initial launch on the GWR routes.