Hitachi expands UK train factory

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Photo: Hitachi.
Photo: Hitachi.

A new £5 million building has opened at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe plant in the UK, taking the rolling stock manufacturer’s total investment in the site to more than £100 million.

The train maker said the new addition will increase the site’s production capacity by providing more storage areas for trains and parts.

Member of Parliament Phil Wilson, who officially opened the building, said for every job created by Hitachi, there are an additional 1.5 created nearby.

“I’ll be working hard to help Hitachi win more orders, which will not only support train building jobs, but also thousands more in the regional supply chain,” he added.


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Hitachi chief operating officer for manufacturing Ross Nagle said: “Our train building team are delivering truly world class trains to run across the country, and this new building is another step in Newton Aycliffe’s development.

“We are proud add a new chapter to the region’s rail heritage and seeing our long-term investment making a real impact to manufacturing in the North.”

Hitachi said it has spent more than £628 million using 1,166 British suppliers over the past few years.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. Hitachi are not saying what exactly the new building is for. Will they actually be fabricating body shells there or is it merely intended to be additional space for final assembly? Finally, what happened to Hitachi’s “promise” to transfer their Global Rail HQ to London, where all design and worldwide marketting would be conducted?

  2. With the Class 800’s and Class 802’s on Great Western Railway in service and Class 800’s and Class 801’s to enter service on London North Eastern Railway in December. And with Class 802’s to be built for TransPennine Express and Hull Trains. And more Class 385’s to be built for ScotRail as some have already entered service back in July. Hitachi will still continue to build new trains for the UK. Including new HS2 trains with Hitachi and Bombardier have joined to build new trains for HS2 when the 1st Phase of HS2 is completed by around 2027/28.

    • And maybe Hitachi could manufacture new London Underground tube stocks for the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City lines.

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