Alstom, Siemens, Bombardier, Hitachi, Talgo among bidders for British high-speed train contract
but not China CRRC
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LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) - France's Alstom and Germany's Siemens are among the firms shortlisted to make trains to run on Britain's new High Speed 2 network, the railway's developer said on Thursday.
Bombardier Transportation, Hitachi Rail Europe and Spain's Patentes Talgo are also on the shortlist of bidders for the 2.75 billion pound ($3.6 billion) contract.
China's state-owned CRRC, the world's biggest trainmaker with increasingly international ambitions, is not on the list.
The contract is to build at least 54 trains for the network, which is set to link London to the north of England from 2026, and it also covers the design and maintenance of the fleet.
The new trains will operate at speeds of up to 225 miles per hour, HS2 said, adding that the rail project as a whole would create around 25,000 jobs.