Hitachi train factory

Work is starting on a new £82m Hitachi train factory that will bring hundreds of jobs to the North East

Full report: Work to start on Hitachi train factory

Construction is beginning on an £82 million factory in County Durham. The Hitachi plant will create hundreds of permanent jobs -and hundreds more in contract work.

Once the site in Newton Aycliffe is ready, Hitachi says it will bid for the contract to build trains for the HS2 scheme - if it goes ahead. The high speed railway would link London to the north of England.

Watch out for some flash photography in Frances Read's report.

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Hitachi: this investment secures jobs

"We want to establish ourselves as a key British train maker and this factory is a huge step towards doing that.

"In just 18 months, what stands today as an empty field will become home to a state-of the-art facility, manufacturing trains for Europe and the UK.

"This investment will secure employment for more than 150 workers and many more from the supply chain.

"The majority will be from County Durham and the North-East. Shepherd won the tender to build the plant against strong competition and we look forward to working with them and Merchant Place Developments."

– Alistair Dormer, Hitachi Rail Europe's executive chairman and chief executive,

Cable: plant will create 700 jobs

Vince Cable and Patrick Mcloughlin Credit: ITV News

Dr Cable said Hitachi's decision to build its European factory in Newton Aycliffe shows the UK is an attractive place for international companies to do business.

He said: "This plant will be a great boost to the North-East economy, creating more than 700 jobs and bringing a long tradition of rail manufacturing back to the region.

"With increasing numbers of passengers set to use our railways over the coming years, we also need to train and encourage more young people."The Government has invested in a new rail training academy in Northampton, which will address skills shortages in traction and rolling stock

"We are also creating a new rail supply chain forum to help UK companies to win work both here and abroad."

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Work to start on Hitachi factory

Business secretary Vince Cable is at the site of an £82m development that will create hundreds of North East jobs.

The new factory, at Hitachi Rail Europe's plant in Newton Aycliffe, will be built by Darlington-based contractor Shepherd.

The firm will create 150 new jobs to construct the plant and secure hundreds more across the region's supply chain.

Vince Cable and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will open the development.