Phil Wilson MP has played a huge part in securing the Hitachi deal and bringing train building to Newton Aycliffe and back to the region.
Hitachi Rail Europe’s initial £82m factory on Amazon Park, which is expected to be open for business later in the year, has already brought nearly 200 jobs to the region in its construction. More than 500 full-time jobs are also on their way once the factory has been completed, with thousands more expected in the supply chain.
Phil campaigned tirelessly to keep the Hitachi plan on track, with support from the Federation of Small Business, North East Chamber of Commerce, the Northern TUC, UNITE, the Northern Echo, MPs and thousands of people, as Aycliffe beat off no less than 42 other proposed locations for the train-building facility.
Phil said: “This is just the beginning of a new business era for Newton Aycliffe, County Durham and the North-East.
Hitachi has the potential to be the new Nissan for the region, and I believe it is one of the most important and historic deals in terms of business and economy that this area has seen in some time.
I’d like to thank all those who joined the campaign to ensure Hitachi came to Newton Aycliffe.
The ambitions of Hitachi Rail Europe are in the name. The company wants to build trains in Newton Aycliffe and export them to the rest of Europe.
We knew it was coming, I had no doubt we’d get it across the line, but it’s fantastic news to hear it officially confirmed, as I know Hitachi are keen to start work straight away.”
He added: “Hitachi selected Newton Aycliffe for its new factory because of the skills of the local people, the connection to the East Coast mainline and the fact that the new trains will enter the rail network along the route originally used by George Stephenson over 187 years ago in 1825.
It would seem train-building has now gone full circle, and the whole Hitachi package represents a truly monumental deal for the town and region."