Japanese car manufacturer Honda has confirmed its Swindon plant will close for good in July next year (2021).

The announcement is the first time a specific date has been set for the end of operations at the 380-acre Swindon plant, which produces 160,000 Honda Civic cars a year and employs 3500 people.

The Government has set up a task force of local leaders, unions and Honda representatives to plan the future of the site.

Swindon Borough Council and the Government would like to retain the land for industrial use rather than housing, but it is ultimately up to the landowner - Honda - to decide who to sell it to.

Uncertainty around the future of the land is likely to continue for many months.

Honda will need to decide who to sell the land to Credit: PA

Honda’s decision to close manufacturing operations in Swindon was a significant blow to the local community. Since it was set up, the Honda Taskforce has worked hard to support the workforce and the supply chain, as well as to find a positive way forward for developing the site.

Andrea Leadsom, Business Secretary