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1,400 Ford jobs to be cut

Ford has cut 1,400 jobs in the UK as it announces plans to shut its Transit van factory near Southampton and a plant in Dagenham in Essex. The firm has said it hopes to keep compulsory redundancies to a minimum.

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Ford statement on UK plant closures

Ford has confirmed the closure of its Transit van factory in Southampton and its stamping and tooling site in Dagenham, Essex, with the loss of 1,400 jobs.

A statement outlining changes to its European facilities said:

Actions include the planned closure of two UK facilities next year – Ford’s assembly plant in Southampton, and stamping and tooling operations in Dagenham.

It follows yesterday's announcement that it also plans to close its factory in Genk, Belgium.

These three facilities currently employ approximately 5,700 hourly and salaried employees.

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