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Full Report: High speed trains to be built in County Durham

More details have emerged about the planned Hitachi factory in County Durham.

High speed trains will be built at the site in Newton Aycliffe from 2016.

Work to prepare the land will begin soon - as well as the recruitment of senior management.

The company has also released a picture of what it hopes the finished site will look like.

You can watch the full report from Jonny Blair below.

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CBI: Extending HS2 to the North is the 'big prize'

The head of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has welcomed the announcement of the second phase of the HS2 rail network linking Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham:

We cannot sit on our hands when the West Coast Main Line is set to reach full capacity by the 2020s and freight will be squeezed.

Extending HS2 to the North is the project’s big prize. It will boost the economic potential of some of our biggest cities, driving growth and creating jobs across the country. This is the same bold, long-term thinking that helped the Victorians build our original network.

– John Cridland, CBI Director-General