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.

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Hitachi train contract confirmed

The government has confirmed a £4.5 billion pound contract to build the next generation of Britain's Intercity Trains will be completed by Hitachi, at the company's plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.