Full steam ahead: George Osborne hails opening of Hitachi’s £82m rail plant

Full steam ahead: George Osborne hails opening of Hitachi’s £82m rail plant

Chancellor welcomes facility in Newton Aycliffe as boost for northern powerhouse project but opening was met with scepticism as well as fanfare

A vast new train factory has been opened in north-east England by Hitachi, and heralded by the prime minister and chancellor as a further boost for their plans for a “northern powerhouse”.

The new £82m facility in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, will build pioneering – if controversial and expensive – intercity trains and will employ around 730 people when its production lines are up and running next year.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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