Hitachi’s new state-of-the-art train building facility opens today in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The 5.7 billion pound Intercity Express Programme will build trains for the East Coast and Great Western main line and AT200 commuter trains for Scotland. The £82 million factory will employ 700 people.
Hitachi Ltd Chairman and CEO, Hiroaki Nakanishi, welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP and Rail Minister Claire Perry MP, along with over 500 invited guests, to the opening ceremony and for guided tours of the state-of-the-art rail vehicle manufacturing facility.
Welcoming the opening, Prime Minister David Cameron said:
The day began with the ceremonial sealing of a time capsule by Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP and Mr Higashihara, President and COO of Hitachi Ltd.
The time capsule included a small model of Hitachi’s Class 800/801 IEP train, digital photos of trains painted by local school children, a map of Newton Aycliffe, profile of site architect Masayuki Ninomiya and a mobile phone with photos and videos.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP said: