7:17 pm, Wed 25 Jul 2012
County Durham granted Hitachi train contract
The Government have confirmed that a multi-billion pound contact to build new high speed trains will go ahead in County Durham.
Japanese firm Hitachi first announced that the Amazon Park site in Newton Aycliffe was it's preferred choice in 2009. Transport Secretary Justine Greening MP confirmed the deal today.
Rachel Bullock reports.
2:46 pm, Wed 25 Jul 2012
Train contract gives County Durham a boost
The Government has confirmed that a £4.5 billion pound contract will go ahead to build the next generation of Britain's Intercity Trains in County Durham.
A new Hitachi factory will be built at the site in Newton Aycliffe - it will manufacture 92 high capacity trains to replace the existing stock of Intercity 125's.
The contract will bring 900 new jobs to the area and many more in the supply chain.
The company has also confirmed that its research and development centre will be based at the site. MP Phil Wilson says it's a fantastic coup for County Durham.
11:03 am, Wed 25 Jul 2012
Multi-billion pound Hitachi contract confirmed
The government has confirmed a £4.5 billion pound Hitachi contract will be used to build the next generation of Britain's Intercity Trains.
A new factory will be built at the site in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, which will manufacture 92 high capacity trains to replace the existing Intercity 125's.
The contract will create 900 new jobs in the area and thousands more in the supply chain.
Hitachi has also confirmed that a Research and Development centre will also be based at the Newton Aycliffe site which could help the firm to secure more European rail contracts in the future.