"This exclusive image shows how 250mph high speed 'bullet trains' could look if Staffordshire engineering firm Alstom wins a slice of the controversial £8 billion HS2 contracts."
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"The firm, which employs 2,000 workers in Stafford, plans to launch a bid to build 80 shuttle-style trains, which could spark a jobs surge.
"The company already supplies the high speed trains for the French TGV and Italian AGV services and could base a new manufacturing hub in the Midlands – creating up to 500 highly-skilled engineering jobs.
"Maintenance depots could see hundreds more posts created along the line in the region, bosses said today."