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Old July 12th, 2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Hitachi Train Factory | Newton Aycliffe | 3fl | Approved

Would be great if this happens, -----this from the Northern Echo, ---




Newton Aycliffe is the preferred site to build a new generation of 155mph express trains
8:53am Monday 12th July 2010

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TRAIN manufacturing could return to the cradle of the railways if the Government gives the go-ahead for a project that will create thousands of jobs, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Newton Aycliffe is the preferred site to build a new generation of 155mph express trains in a contract worth £7.5bn.

If it gets the go-ahead, the project would involve the creation of a factory in the County Durham town to build trains to replace the existing fleet of InterCity 125s and 225s.

The super express trains are due to enter service within three years, with up to 1,400 coaches in service by 2018.

They would be introduced on the Great Western Main Line that runs from London to Bristol and South Wales, and be in widespread operation from 2015.

A consortium behind the bid – led by Japanese engineering company Hitachi – has promised to build some of the fleet in the UK.

Until now it had been assumed that a site on Tyneside was the preferred location, but The Northern Echo can reveal that Hitachi favours the Aycliffe Business Park.

The project could support up to 7,000 jobs – but faces an uncertain future in the face of Government spending cuts.

Last night, Phil Wilson, the MP for Sedgefield, urged ministers to approve the £89m plant.

He said: “This is exactly the kind of scheme the region wants. It would be the most significant and exciting investment since Nissan.”

The project, first announced more than three years ago, was postponed before the General Election by then Transport Secretary Lord Adonis, who cited the credit crunch and lower than expected passenger numbers as the reason.

Its future was thrown into further doubt last week after the Government deferred a decision on the project until at least October.

Davey Hall, regional secretary of Britain’s biggest trade union, Unite, immediately urged action to save the project.

Mr Wilson has promised he will campaign for the scheme to go ahead, saying the region cannot afford to miss out on the jobs it would bring.

About 250 construction jobs would be created almost instantly for building the factory, 800 people would be employed making the trains by 2017, and thousands more would be supported in the supply chain.

He believes no significant public investment would be needed until about 2015, by which time the coalition Government hopes to have the country’s economy well on the road to recovery.

Mr Wilson said: “I’m calling on the Government to ensure it goes forward. It is vitally important for the local and national economy to ensure that we have a 21st-Century railway and an export market.”

He plans to write to Treasury, Department for Transport and Business ministers and work with unions and other business organisations to campaign for the scheme’s future.

It would also mean a return of train building to the area famed as the birthplace of the railways.

Mr Wilson said: “The company would not rely solely on public procurement but wants a base in Europe to meet commercial demand. The IEP (Intercity Express Programme) contract would be the reason to come here.

“I understand that the Government would only pay for the rolling stock it wants, and by the time the factory is up and running it would be 2015 before they need to put in significant sums.

“My worry is if Hitachi don’t build a factory in the region, they will go elsewhere.”

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “A decision on the future of the Intercity Express Programme will be made at the same time as the spending review announcement in October.

“IEP is a complex programme which has interdependencies with several other major rail projects.

“As expenditure on rail projects will be re-assessed in the context of the spending review, it would not be sensible to make a decision on IEP in isolation at this time.”

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Could be very good news if this happens, ----



County Durham 'first choice' for super trains
Computer simulation of a new high speed train released by the Department for Transport
About 1,000 jobs could be created in County Durham if Japanese firm Hitachi decides to build carriages for "super express" trains in the area.

The industrial giant was provisionally awarded the £7.5bn government contract last year and must now choose a suitable location for the plant.

The firm said Newton Aycliffe was the "first choice". Another site in North Wales has also been short-listed.

If government approval is granted, trains could be in operation in 2015.

A spokesperson for Hitachi said up to 200 people would be involved in the construction of the new plant.

A further 800 would be employed in manufacturing the trains - which could begin in 2013.

'Biggest investment'

The trains are designed to be faster, greener and able to carry 21% more passengers.

Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, said: "If we get this it would be the biggest investment in the north-east of England since the Nissan car plant in Washington.

"The North East is the place to have it. Everyone agrees we need to re-balance the economy.

"Public sector employment here is significant but that's not an argument for cutting public sector jobs, it's about growing the private sector as well."

The government is expected to make an announcement in October on whether to approve the Hitachi consortium plans and site location.

The consortium, called Agility Trains, also includes John Laing and Barclays Bank.
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County Durham 'first choice' for super trains
Computer simulation of a new high speed train released by the Department for Transport
About 1,000 jobs could be created in County Durham if Japanese firm Hitachi decides to build carriages for "super express" trains in the area.

The industrial giant was provisionally awarded the £7.5bn government contract last year and must now choose a suitable location for the plant.

The firm said Newton Aycliffe was the "first choice". Another site in North Wales has also been short-listed.

If government approval is granted, trains could be in operation in 2015.

A spokesperson for Hitachi said up to 200 people would be involved in the construction of the new plant.

A further 800 would be employed in manufacturing the trains - which could begin in 2013.

'Biggest investment'

The trains are designed to be faster, greener and able to carry 21% more passengers.

Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield, said: "If we get this it would be the biggest investment in the north-east of England since the Nissan car plant in Washington.

"The North East is the place to have it. Everyone agrees we need to re-balance the economy.

"Public sector employment here is significant but that's not an argument for cutting public sector jobs, it's about growing the private sector as well."

The government is expected to make an announcement in October on whether to approve the Hitachi consortium plans and site location.

The consortium, called Agility Trains, also includes John Laing and Barclays Bank.



This would be so important for the North East. Slight shame it's not Easington or Washington but the knock-on benefits for Sunderland would still be most welcome.
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If this happens, --then it will be really good news for the area, ----- we can only hope that the --Newton Aycliffe site gets the nod.
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15 September 2010 County Durham train plant 'would bring £660m' to region
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Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson said it would be the biggest inward investment in the North East since Nissan's arrival in the 1980s.
A contract to build Hitachi rail carriages in County Durham would bring major economic benefits to the region if it was awarded, according to a county council report.

The study of the advantages of building super express trains in Newton Aycliffe estimated a £660m boost over 20 years. About 1,000 jobs could be created.

The impact on the region has been compared to Nissan's Washington plant.

The report will be presented to government ministers on 21 September.

Japanese firm Hitachi was provisionally awarded a £7.5bn government contract to build the express train carriages last year and must now choose a suitable location for the plant.

The Newton Aycliffe site at Amazon Park is the firm's "first choice", with Deesside in North Wales also in the running.

A spokesperson for Hitachi said up to 200 people would be involved in the construction of the new plant.


The new trains could be in operation by 2014 A further 800 would be employed in manufacturing the trains, which could be in operation by 2014.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson said: "If we get this it would be the biggest investment in the north-east of England since the Nissan car plant in Washington.

"The North East is the place to have it."

Durham County Council chief executive George Garlick said: "This is a rare opportunity to bring about a transformation that would have an almost immediate impact on the local economy and beyond.

"For every £1 of public investment the estimated return is £48 over a 20-year period.

"These are real, tangible and realistic targets."

The government is expected to make an announcement in October on whether to approve the Hitachi consortium plans and site location.

The consortium, called Agility Trains, also includes John Laing and Barclays Bank.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 11:04 AM   #6
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PM looks at plan to bring rail industry back to North East
September 16th 2010, by William Green, The Journal


THE North East’s battle to bring train building “home” yesterday reached Parliament as it emerged the Prime Minister had stepped in.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson highlighted the “significant” economic case for the Government to support plans to establish a factory in his constituency, restoring a once vibrant train building industry in the North East.

Japanese train builder Hitachi has promised to build the state-of-the-art facility in Newton Aycliffe if the Government gives the go-ahead to a stalled multi-billion project for a new fleet to run on the East Coast Main Line.

Mr Wilson said thousands of jobs would be created while passengers would benefit from more reliable, comfortable trains with more seats and journey times reduced.

Coalition ministers are still deciding whether to approve the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) amid claims it may not be value for money.

But they are facing mounting pressure from a cross-party campaign, backed by unions and business chiefs, and the Japanese Government to make a positive decision – with David Cameron and his Japanese counterpart discussing the situation.

In a Parliamentary debate, Labour MP Phil Wilson said: “The IEP provides us with the opportunity to bring train building home.”

Some 800 jobs would be created directly as well as up to 9,000 positions in the supply chain, according to Mr Wilson, in what would be the biggest foreign investment since car manufacturer Nissan came to Sunderland in the 1980s. “This is a tribute to the people of Newton Aycliffe and local decision makers as well as a tribute to the North East’s ability to attract foreign investors,” said the MP.


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Old September 22nd, 2010, 10:48 AM   #7
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Rail hope for the future
September 22nd 2010, by Neil McKay, The Journal


COUNCILLORS are hopeful that a state-of-the-art rail assembly plant will be brought to County Durham after what they called a ‘positive meeting’ at Whitehall.

A top-level delegation travelled south yesterday to outline the case for bringing the plant to County Durham.

County council leader Simon Henig told The Journal that the 45-minute meeting with Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond MP, had gone well.

He said: “We feel it was a very positive meeting.

“Obviously we didn’t expect an announcement today. We have been told the announcement will be made on October 20 or shortly afterwards.

“Hitachi has slightly modified their original proposals and we feel that the Minister understands the importance of this project to the region and we also feel he did engage with us.”

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson, Durham County Council chief executive George Garlick were part of the delegation along with Mr Henig – which left Darlington Bank Top railway station yesterday morning for the meeting.

Members pledged to do all they could to support the bid which would see multi-national high-technology giants Hitachi bring the factory to Newton Aycliffe, creating thousands of local, private sector, jobs.

The visit was part of the concerted effort to convince Whitehall that the area has the necessary skills and infrastructure to deliver the best return.

The group were outlining the economic case for bringing the huge investment to the town, as the Government considers whether to grant Hitachi the InterCity Express Programme contract which would bring production of the next generation of high speed trains to County Durham.


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Petition urges backing for County Durham train plant
14 October 2010, BBC News Website


Union leaders are delivering a 10,000-name petition to Downing Street urging the government to back plans for a train factory in County Durham.

Hitachi was provisionally awarded a £7.5bn state contract to build express train carriages, with Newton Aycliffe as its preferred location.

The petition calls on ministers not to axe the project in the Spending Review.

Northern regional secretary of the union Unite, Davey Hall, will hand over the petition later.



It is estimated the 1,000-job plant would bring a £660m boost to the North East economy over 20 years.

The project is dependent on Hitachi being granted the Intercity Express Programme Contract in the government's Spending Review, announced on 20 October.

The petition, predominantly signed by people in the communities around Newton Aycliffe, urges the government to endorse the project and pave the way forward for construction work to start.

The scheme would see the government make a small initial investment and commit to buying the high-speed trains produced in County Durham.

The bulk of the £40m start-up costs would be paid by a private consortium led by Hitachi.

Mr Hall said: "The people of County Durham know how important this bid is for jobs and the local economy.

"If the government gives the green light to this contract the investment would put the North East back on the map as a significant train manufacturer for the European market.

"The North East has a long and successful history with Japanese manufacturing and there is a shared commitment to promoting the region."


Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-11543248

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Signals still on green for Hitachi train project
October 25th 2010, Evening Gazette



THERE is renewed hope for a major train factory to be built in Durham, after Transport Secretary Philip Hammond highlighted the programme on a BBC political discussion show.

The Department of Transport has not confirmed whether Hitachi’s Rail Europe plant, earmarked for a Newton Aycliffe site, will go ahead even though it was thought a decision was to be announced at last week’s spending review.

However, hope has been revived after Philip Hammond MP discussed the Hitachi project on the recent Question Time show from Middlesbrough when responding to concerns about funding for new business and investment in industry in light of the cuts.

Speaking on the show, Mr Hammond, said: “My department is in discussions with Hitachi.

“They have selected the North-east as the location for the plant they will build to create a new generation of trains in the UK if they win the contract.”

If given a green light the project, part of the InterCity Express Programme (IEP), could create thousands of jobs.

Neil Foster, policy and campaigns officer for Northern TUC, said “The case for Hitachi getting the go ahead with the Intercity Express Programme is more crucial then ever.

“It is estimated that the Government cuts will cost in excess of 55,000 jobs in the North-east so any new jobs boost to the region is going to be critical.

“The jobs created from this however, will still be far less than those that will be lost.”

He added: “The campaign to bring Hitachi to the North-east is no longer a luxury but one of necessity.”

Newton Aycliffe has been confirmed as one of two sites for the plant and a decision of which site will be chosen will be made if the programme is given the go-ahead.


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Decision day soon on vital train jobs contract
November 19th 2010 by Adrian Pearson, The Journal


DECISION day for thousands of potential train jobs will come “within weeks not months” the region has been told.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has said he is close to picking which firm will win a multi-million pound contract to build the new wave of Intercity Express trains.

Mr Hammond said: “I recognise how important this project is to the region. We are considering a revised bid and we will take into account the benefits it will bring in terms of jobs. But we also have to ensure we get best value for money. I assure you this has the highest priority in my department."

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson, in whose constituency the initial 200 jobs would be based, said thousands of supply sector jobs were dependant on the decision and pleaded for an early announcement.

“The glass is half full on this. What we are getting frustrated about is that this is part of the Comprehensive Spending Review, but that was made a month ago and we really need certainty now.

“This would be the biggest private sector investment in the region since Nissan. They have to follow through what we started with the previous Government.”

Japanese train builder Hitachi has promised to build the state-of-the-art facility in Newton Aycliffe if the Government gives the go-ahead to a stalled multi-billion project for a new fleet to run on the East Coast main line

However, rail Minister Theresa Villiers has made clear that plans to build a fleet of new trains in the North East could be axed. Mrs Villiers yesterday told Parliament that a range of alternative options to new trains is under active consideration by the coalition Government.


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Would be fantastic for the Region, and particularly for Newton Aycliffe if this project was to come, ---this would have the potential of creating thousands of jobs, --it would be great for the area, --however, ---the more the Government stall, --the more I have doubts, ---especially when reading what the Rail Minister said.
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Hitachi decision is deferred until new year
Hannah Chapman | Durham Tmes | Thursday 25th November 2010

THE Government has deferred a decision on replacing intercity express trains on the rail network.

The Intercity Express Programme (IEP) - to replace Intercity 125 high-speed trains - was halted by the Labour government earlier this year and an independent review was set up which reported to the new Government in June.

An Hitachi-led Agility Trains consortium has indicated it would build a plant at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, if it won the £7.5bn IEP contract.

The factory could deliver a £660m boost to the North-East economy over the next 20 years.

The Government said it is now looking at two options - a revised bid from the Agility consortium; and an alternative for a fleet of all-electric trains.

The Government said it would continue to assess these two alternatives, "alongside a consideration of the extent of electrification on the Great Western route" and would make a further statement in the new year.

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There was a piece on the local news this morning saying that --Hitachi could pull out of this, ----suppose they could just be putting pressure on, --or they think they are getting mucked about, ----still, ---lets hope this comes to Newton Aycliffe, ---fingers crossed.
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Hitachi may pull out : Newton Aycliffe train jobs in jeopardy
November 26th 2010, by William Green, The Journal



TRAIN builder Hitachi yesterday hinted it could walk away from plans to create thousands of jobs in the North East amid Government delays to a key contract.

The Japanese company wants to build a state-of-the-art factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, but that depends on Ministers approving a multi-billion fleet of new trains to run on the East Coast Main Line.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday announced he would not make a decision on the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) until January and could yet dump Hitachi’s proposals.

Some 800 jobs would be directly created at the plant, with thousands more in the supply chain along with 200 in the factory’s construction.

Passengers also face losing out if Mr Hammond opts for different proposals to replace ageing High Speed trains running on the East Coast Main Line. A lengthy new tender process would have to be launched.

Hitachi welcomed the Government’s plans to invest in the railways and replace the High Speed trains – and continued to see the UK as one of its important European markets.

But a company spokesman said: “We are disappointed that there is yet no decision on our bid for the IEP, and therefore on our plans to bring jobs to the UK.

“We will be continuing our talks with the Department for Transport and will consider our position in the light of these.” The warning come after the Hitachi-led Agility Trains consortium was selected as the “preferred bidder” to provide new inter-city trains by the previous Government, only to find it ordered a review into the programme.

Ministers will now choose between Hitachi’s revised proposals for “bi-mode” trains featuring electric and diesel power systems or new electric trains pulled by diesel locomotives where required.

The two options are said to be “very close”, although there is concern Hitachi’s revised bid could spark challenges by rival companies complaining strict procurement rules have not been followed.


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'Build trains in the North East to save £100m'
December 21st 2010, by William Green, The Journal


BUILDING a fleet of new Intercity trains in the North East will save the country more than £100m rather than buying them from abroad, a new report argued yesterday.

Analysis by the Northern TUC shows that taxpayers would save substantial sums if ministers finally give the go-ahead for a train assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The report comes as Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond prepares to announce in the New Year whether the proposals, put forward by Hitachi, will get the go-ahead.

There are also fears among some campaigners that ministers may decide to buy trains from overseas, despite that option not creating a single British job.

The research by the Northern TUC shows that more than £106m a year would be generated through the creation of 800 direct jobs at the County Durham plant along with 7,500 supply chain jobs.

And for every £27,000 salaried job created, the taxpayer gains by £13,000 as a result of reduced benefit payments and the increased taxes paid by people in work.

The Northern TUC is now urging the Government to take into account the full benefits of creating new manufacturing jobs in the North East when making its final decision about the Intercity Express Programme (IEP).


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We can only hope this Government will take all this on board (no pun intended)
it would be excellent if the Newton Aycliffe site got this, ---what a fantastic boost it would be for the Region.
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This from BBC Wear, ---


1 February 2011 Last updated at 08:49 Share this pageFacebookTwitter ShareEmail Print Call for decision on County Durham trains deal
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A delegation of politicians, business and union leaders from County Durham is to press the government for a decision about replacing trains.

A consortium led by Hitachi was the preferred bidder to build carriages and trains at a site at Newton Aycliffe, which it was hoped would create 800 jobs.

But there have been a series of delays in the announcement.

Delegation members will meet Transport Minister Theresa Villiers in London.

Hitachi was provisionally awarded a £7.5bn contract to build carriages, with its preferred location being Newton Aycliffe

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This proposed development in Newton Aycliffe doesn't have it's own thread but I thought it might be worth linking to the website in this thread. It's been mentioned when we've discussed the proposed Hitatchi train development adjacent to the site but hasn't really had a mention of its own.
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This proposed development in Newton Aycliffe doesn't have it's own thread but I thought it might be worth linking to the website in this thread. It's been mentioned when we've discussed the proposed Hitatchi train development adjacent to the site but hasn't really had a mention of its own.

If this Development goes ahead, --then this new Park will be very good news for the area, --and would bring with it much needed jobs, ----I see the site has outline planning permission, --so lets hope it happens, and if it does, then maybe it will get it's own thread.--thanks for the link Jet, cheers.
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Hitachi Newton Aycliffe

Transport minister Philip Hammond has confirmed the electrification of the Great Western Main Line which leads to need to order new rolling stock.
Agility Trains, being a consortium including Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe factory, will be expected to start delivering the new trains from 2016. It has been estimated that this will create ca 500 new jobs in the town.
Another order will be expected to provide new trains for our very own East Coast Mainline releasing them into service from 2018.

Agility Trains have already posted an annnouncement on their website :- http://www.agilitytrains.com/agilitytrains_news.htm

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