Hitachi Rail Europe announced the opening of a ‘Aspire’, the new building at its train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, England.
The £5 million (EUR 5.5 million) building, which increases production capacity, brings Hitachi’s total investment in the site at over £100 million (EUR 110 million).
“Our train building team are delivering truly world class trains to run across the country, and this new building is another step in Newton Aycliffe’s development. We are proud add a new chapter to the region’s rail heritage and seeing our long-term investment making a real impact to manufacturing in the North,” Ross Nagle, Chief Operating Officer for Manufacturing said.
Established in 2015, Newton Aycliffe is building intercity and commuter fleets harnessing Japanese bullet train technology. Its first order was the Government-led £5.7 billion (EUR 6.2 billion) Intercity Express Programme which includes the Azuma fleet for the East Coast main line.
This month, Hitachi started the construction Azuma fleet for London North Eastern Railway (LNER) at Newton Aycliffe factory. The Azuma train is due to begin carrying passengers later this year along the East Coast main line, connecting London and Yorkshire, and from 2019 running in Scotland.