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Co Durham to become home of Hitachi Rail Europe

Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, will become the home of Hitachi Rail Europe’s European manufacturing facility when it is completed in 2015.

This comes after Hitachi Rail Europe's announcement that it is working with more than 30 UK-based suppliers to build trains for the first phase of train delivery for the Government’s Intercity Express Programme.

Business Secretary Vince Cable MP said: “Hitachi’s decision to work with suppliers from across the country shows that the UK is advancing as a global leader in rail manufacturing."

Supplies to be provided will include windows from Durham-based Romag, onboard servers from Nomad Digital, located in Newcastle, and passenger counting systems from Gateshead-based Petard.