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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.

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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.

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