Hitachi unveils

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, the Japanese Ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP were among other invited guests yesterday to see the first British-built Intercity Express train unveiled at the Hitachi Rail Europe site in Newton Aycliffe.

The visit comes as hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Mr Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade.

The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York.

The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.

 

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: The first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The visit comes as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, speaks to guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The visit comes as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, speaks to guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. 
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Japanese Ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka, speaks to guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The visit comes as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Japanese Ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka, speaks to guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe, Karen Boswell OBE, speaks to guests during a visit to the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The visit comes as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe, Karen Boswell OBE, speaks to guests during a visit to the Hitachi Rail Europe site.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP, speaks to guests during a visit to the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The visit comes as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP, speaks to guests during a visit to the Hitachi Rail Europe site.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: The first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The visit comes as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
The first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site.

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe siteon December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe siteon December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site.

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  View of the drivers cab as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
View of the drivers cab of the first British-built Intercity Express train. 
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Test Engineer Scott Bibby sits in the drivers cab as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Test Engineer Scott Bibby sits in the drivers cab of the first British-built Intercity Express train.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Detail shot of the first British-built Intercity Express train as it is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Detail shot of the running gear of the first British-built Intercity Express train. 
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Detail shot of the first British-built Intercity Express train as it is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Detail shot of a toaster in the galley of the first British-built Intercity Express train.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Detail shot of the first British-built Intercity Express train as it is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Detail shot of the toilet on the first British-built Intercity Express train.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site. 

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Guests take a tour of the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Guests take a tour of the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site. 

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Guests take a tour of the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Work is carried out on the new Intercity Express trains at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The first British-built Intercity Express train have been unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: The first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
The first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Detail on the side of the first British-built Intercity Express train as it is unveiled in front of invited guests at the Hitachi Rail Europe site on December 9, 2016 in Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom. The visit comes as the first British-built Intercity Express train is unveiled at the site. Hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade. The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York. The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Detail of the livery on the side of the first British-built Intercity Express train. 

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Hitachi has arrived

British Prime Minister David Cameron and the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne joined other dignitaries and business leaders as they attended the extravagant opening of an £82m train factory in County Durham today.

The Hitachi plant in Newton Aycliffe will employ 750 workers assembling high-speed Intercity trains for the East Coast and Great Western main lines using parts produced in Japan.

It has been hailed as an economic boost, with many local companies involved in the plant’s construction. At the opening ceremony Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a “show of confidence” in the region.

“This is Hitachi’s first factory in Europe and their massive investment is a sign of their commitment to the United Kingdom and a real show of confidence in our economy and of confidence in the North East,” he said.

“I think this is a really big moment for the region. Train manufacturing has come back to the North East.”

 

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