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5 million cars made at Ellesmere Port

Production line Credit: PA

With 5 millionth car will roll off the production line at Vauxhall, Ellesmere Port today. The company is celebrating 50 years of operation marking quite a turnaround from 2012 when it was saved from closure by a pioneering long-term deal with the unions.

The plant in Cheshire will be taking on 300 new workers who will start in Spring next year ahead of the production of the new Astra model.

Old meets new: Vauxhall celebrate 50th anniversary of first car at Ellesmere Port

First car meets the latest model Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Car maker Vauxhall are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first car at Ellesmere Port.

Workers have re-enacted the moment the first car came off the production line with the same signage and a white Vauxhall Viva alongside a new white Vauxhall Astra, the production car of 2014.

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50 years of car making at Ellesmere Port

First car made at Ellesmere Port

Car maker Vauxhall are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first car at Ellesmere Port. The plant in Cheshire came close to closure a couple of years ago. An agreement to build new Astra's safeguarded it's future.

Workers will re-enact the moment the first car came off the production line with the same signage and a white Vauxhall Viva alongside a new white Vauxhall Astra, the production car of 2014.

From June 1 1964 to date, Ellesmere Port has built nearly 5 million vehicles.

Vauxhall to be sentenced following worker's death

Ian Heard Credit: Health and Safety Executive

The owners of Vauxhall will appear before Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing following the death of a worker who was crushed in machinery at its factory in Ellesmere Port.

General Motors UK is being prosecuted by the Health and Saftety executive after 59 year old Ian Heard from Birkenhead died.

He had worked at the plant since he joined as an apprentice at 16.

Vauxhall shuts Ellesmere Port plant for week

Production has stopped at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port site this week because of falling sales.

The company say the decision is normal working practice as they react to a decline in demand. They say all staff will still be paid.

The move is in stark contrast to neighbours Jaguar Landrover who have recently stepped up to 24- hour production.

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Positive news from car factories

Car makers in the UK saw a spike in manufacturing last month, according to figures released today.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders say it was the busiest May since 2004.

UK factories, which include Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant in Cheshire and Jaguar Land Rover's base in Halewood on Merseyside, made 141,146 cars last month. That was a 42.2% hike, with year-to-date volumes up by 17.3%

What saving Ellesmere Port means for the region

It's not just car workers at Vauxhall who've been assured they can pay their bills tonight, there are workers across the North West whose future just got a little brighter. 20 percent of the car components used at Ellesmere Port come from the UK.

The extra investment means more work for companies in the supply chain and, crucially, more jobs. More from our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue.

Ellesmere Port jobs latest

It's the big car making announcement deal that'll save more than two thousand jobs, and create thousands more. Vauxhall says it'll build a new model Astra at its plant in Ellesmere Port.

It means workers can breath a huge sigh of relief. It also means new job opportunities there and along the supply chain. Our correspondent Ralph Blunsom has more.

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