20 March 2014

Mick Whelan has welcomed the news that Hitachi, the Japanese electronics firm, is moving its global rail business from Japan to the United Kingdom. Hitachi says the move will expand its rail business in Britain from 2,500 workers to 4,000. Last year, Hitachi won a £1.2 billion order for state of the art Class 800 trains for the East Coast main line at its factory at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. Mick said: ‘We welcome this news because it will create much-needed jobs here in the north-east of Britain. I would rather it was a British company creating jobs and winning orders from the Department for Transport. But it is good news. We want investment, in trains and carriages as well as in our infrastructure, to build a better railway for everyone in Britain.’

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