500 staff are starting work at Honda in Swindon today. The Japanese car giant is introducing a second shift in response to growing demand. The company predicts the move will double production at the plant, with 180,000 cars coming off the production line by the end of the year.
It brings the total of workers at Swindon to 3,500. Last year, staff were on reduced hours after the Japanese earthquake and floods in Thailand affected the supply of parts.