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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.

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RMT reacts to Hitachi investment

Protestors gathered at Newcastle's Central Station to campaign against the proposed privatisation of the East Coast main line. Members of the National Rail Union have been at train stations across the country, including Newcastle and Berwick.

The Transport Secretary has announced that £1.2 billion will be invested into the manufacturing of carriages by Hitachi. The RMT says it is more about the bigger picture and that line has improved considerably under public ownership.

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