Talgo steps up search for UK manufacturing site

SPANISH train manufacturer Talgo is keen to place a foot in the UK rolling stock market and has stepped up its search for possible manufacturing locations.

Power cars for Talgo T350 trains under construction at its Las Matas plant, near Madrid, on October 11. The trains will be heading for Saudi Arabia.

Jon Veitch, key account manager in UK and Ireland for Talgo, said the company was looking at markets for both HS2 and domestic routes, and was working with lease companies and financiers of trains.

In the search for a possible UK base, sites in Liverpool, Leeds and South Wales have been visited, with Mr Veitch also visiting Scotland.

Talgo is also eyeing the refurbishment and re-traction markets, as well as being able to offer maintenance packages to franchises or other third parties It is also looking at entering the Irish market.

Mr Veitch told The RM the intention is to manufacture trains from bare metal in the UK rather than import bodyshells produced elsewhere and fit them out.
Talgo is a family-run firm that this year celebrates 75 years of producing rolling stock and locomotives.

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