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“Intercity Express Programme”

New Intercity fleet for Great Britain – and DB Schenker ensures that the trains are optimally supplied with spare parts at all times

Photo: Hitachi Rail Europe

In future, Hitachi Rail Europe will rely on DB Schenker to provide a comprehensive range of services for its UK operations. The logistics company has signed a long-term contract to manage the central warehousing and spare parts distribution for the “Intercity Express Programme” (IEP) of the rolling stock manufacturer in the United Kingdom. The cooperation will provide warehouse and transport solutions for a wide range of parts, from smaller consumable items to eight-tonne bogies and generator units that are several meters long.


DB Schenker will support Hitachi Rail Europe’s Train Maintenance Centers, fulfilling orders to sites in London, Bristol and Doncaster. Two new sites in London and Edinburgh will be added in 2018. The parts will be made available from a DB Schenker warehouse, with a second facility located in or near Doncaster due to be completed in 2018. “Our operational team are proud of what we have achieved so far in partnership with DB Schenker, establishing a central distribution center for spare parts,” said Jack Commandeur, COO at Hitachi Rail Europe.


As part of the IEP, more than 120 new trains will gradually be put into service by Hitachi Rail Europe starting this year. In future, these trains would be used by many millions of fare-paying customers, said Commandeur. “So it is essential that the storage and distribution of spare parts to our Train Maintenance Centers is well managed.”