MP for Sedgefield, Phil Wilson, welcomed the news Nissan will continue to invest in its Sunderland sight, as the company confirmed the new Qashqai and X-Trail SUV would be built at the plant. The decision by Nissan, following ‘support and assurances’ from the Government, secures 7,000 direct jobs and several thousand more in the supply chain.
Mr Wilson has however, asked that the Secretary of State meet with him to ensure continued investment from other industries in the North East, including Hitachi Rail Europe which opened its Newton Aycliffe factory only last year.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Wilson said;
“The news about Nissan in the north-east is brilliant, but there are other strategic industries in the north-east of England. I include Hitachi Rail Europe in my constituency, which opened a £90 million factory last year, employing almost 1,000 people and hundreds more in the supply chain. Hitachi Rail Europe is here for the long term to have access to the European market. At the moment, it is building the Intercity Express Programme. Building the machines will take about three years, so it is here for the long term. In the spirit of this cross-party approach that the Secretary of State say he wants to take, will he meet me to see what we can do to ensure that the Japanese company will continue to invest in the north-east?”