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Staff at the Ford factory has signed inside a van on the factory's last day Credit: ITV Meridian

Southampton's Ford factory has finally closed its doors this morning after the production of more than two million transit vans.

Staff worked their last shift and commemorated the closure with markings to a transit van.

Sign depicting last van to be made at factory this morning Credit: ITV Meridian
Ford van with staff markings Credit: ITV Meridian

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Ford leaves Southampton after 60 years

The end of Transit van production at the Ford factory in Swaythling, Southampton ends the car company's 60-year association with the city.

Ford parts have been manufactured at the plant since 1953, while the first Transits were made there soon after the model's introduction in 1965.

A Ford Transit van commemorating Chelsea's 1970 FA Cup final win Credit: Sport and General/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport
A newer Transit model drives to the Southampton plant Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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Ford factory closes for good

Barriers have been put in place as Southampton's Ford factory closes for good Credit: ITV Meridian
End of an era at the Ford plant Credit: ITV Meridian

Southampton's Ford factory has closed for good today today.

Staff at the Ford Transit plant have worked their last shift

More than 500 staff at the factory were told they were losing their jobs last October.

Lone security guard at the Ford entrance Credit: ITV Meridian

The plant has made more than two millions Transits, which were introduced by Ford in 1965

Final Ford Transit van comes off production line

The last Ford Transit has come off of the production line at the company's Southampton plant, which closes for good on Friday.

Staff at the Ford Transit plant have worked their last shift Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

More than 500 staff at the factory were told they were losing their jobs last October. The plant has made more than two millions Transits, which were introduced by Ford in 1965.

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Last Ford Transit rolls off production line

The last Ford Transit leaves the production line at Southampton Credit: Andrew Pate

The last Ford Transit has come off of the production line at the company's Southampton plant, which closes for good on Friday. Over 500 staff at the Swaythling factory were told they were losing their jobs last October. Ford vans have been made there for over 60 years.

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Council to form taskforce to support Ford's 500 jobless

The leader of Southampton City Council, Richard Williams, gave this statement in response to the decision to close the Ford Transit Van factory in the city:

This is the news we feared and it's a very bad day for the city. It certainly doesn't feel as if we are coming out of recession here in Southampton.

Now that we know the plant is to close next summer, we have to act quickly to support the 500 workers affected and alleviate the knock-on effect of such a blow to local industry.

The city council will be forming a taskforce along with trade unions, Jobcentre Plus and local MPs to help find new employment for the affected staff.

He added that it was important to protect the "strategically well-placed site" of the factory for "manufacturing and engineering" operations.

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