Hitachi to create extra 150 jobs at Newton Aycliffe train plant

Hitachi-built trains for Scotrail Image copyright Hitachi
Image caption The first new trains for ScotRail are due to go into service in late 2017

Japanese firm Hitachi is creating a further 150 jobs at its train manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.

The company already employs about 500 people at the £80m site, where trains to run on lines in England and Scotland are being built.

The first 100mph commuter trains for ScotRail are due to come in to service between Edinburgh and Glasgow in 2017.

The company said 30% of the new posts would be apprenticeships.

A spokeswoman said work on the ScotRail fleet would be carried alongside work on new rolling stock for the East Coast and Great Western lines.

'Tremendous opportunity'

Some 500 carriages are being built for the East Coast Main Line and a further 360 for the Great Western.

The spokeswoman added: "This is great news for jobs and manufacturing in the North East and the UK.

"These new fixed term roles will provide us with the flexibility we need to deliver the new contracts that we've won since the Newton Aycliffe site was opened last September.

"We hope around a third of these new positions will be apprenticeships, giving young people a tremendous opportunity to start a career in engineering and gain valuable skills."

The plant is expected to employ almost 900 when it reaches full capacity next year.

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