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Head of Steam Building with Confirmation of New Hitachi Order

 

Reacting to confirmation of a £1.2 billion order for Hitachi Rail Europe to make more state-of-the-art trains, North East Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, said:

The North East Chamber of Commerce survey also shows members want to see the Government’s capital spending outlay trebled with priority given to investment in economic development, education and transport infrastructure.Reacting to confirmation of a £1.2 billion order for Hitachi Rail Europe to make more state-of-the-art trains, North East Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, said:
"Not only is this great news for passengers who regularly use the East Coast Mainline, it is a huge boost to regional manufacturing and a renewed declaration from the Government that it is committed to Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe operation.

"Hitachi's investment will undoubtedly continue the industrial renaissance that started when Nissan arrived in the North East of England. The scale of investment and the volume of jobs associated with it will have a profoundly positive impact upon our region's economy.

"The North East is the birthplace of the train; it will be fantastic to once again be UK leaders in this industry. The challenge is now to ensure the region has the skills and experience to guarantee Hitachi a long and profitable relationship with the North East."

The 270 carriages will be manufactured in Britain by Hitachi at its new purpose-built factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, as part of the Government's overall £5.8 billion Intercity Express Programme (IEP).