Hitachi Rail Europe has launched a newly developed AT200 commuter train, which aims to improve the travelling experience for future commuters.

Depending on route line requirements, the AT200 commuter train will be available in three-car to 12-car formations.

The trains are highly resistant to corrosion as they are made with lightweight aluminium-alloy extrusions using friction-stir welding.

"The AT200 is our new offering to the commuter rail market."

The AT200 trains are equipped with inter-vehicle gangways for better use of passenger space, tables and toilet facilities, ambient LED lighting throughout, USB and power sockets, as well as air conditioning.

Hitachi Rail Europe chief operating officer Andy Barr said: The AT200 is our new offering to the commuter rail market".

"Our team of engineers and designers has gone to great lengths to take passenger needs, operator requirements and our wealth of experience in train manufacture and maintenance into account."

The commuter trains will be manufactured in Hitachi’s new factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham in the UK, which is currently under construction.