“I WASN’T going to miss this for the world,” said the Prime Minister, as he welcomed train building back to the North-East.
“We have been waiting for this for five years, I have talked about it in Parliament and it is good to come here and see it in person,” he added.
Speaking to an audience of more than 600 politicians, business leaders and journalists from all around the world, David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne yesterday led celebrations at the opening of Hitachi’s £82m manufacturing site in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
The plant will employ 730 people and make inter city trains for the East Coast and Great Western lines, and commuter trains for Scotland. Production is due to start in November.
The new factory is close to Heighington Crossing where, almost 190 years ago to the day, George Stephenson assembled Locomotion No. 1 and began the first generation of passenger engines.
Mr Cameron added: “This is a really big moment for the region. Train manufacturing has come back to the North-East.
“It’s great in terms of jobs for local people and it’s great for skills – the sort of highly skilled manufacturing work that our country needs as we rebuild our manufacturing base. It also means the potential for thousands of jobs in the supply chain. We want this to be the start of a great revival in terms of manufacturing in the North-East.”