Hitachi building trains in County Durham
- Hitachi’s new train manufacturing facility is now building new trains for the UK
- The UK facility is home to over 1000 train builders, including 50 apprentices
- The £82m investment has transformed the area, with Hitachi also co‐founding a new technical college next to the facility
Hitachi has built a state‐of‐the‐art train manufacturing site at Newton Acyliffe, County Durham. The facility opened in 2015 and has already built trains which carry UK passengers.
Due to winning additional orders, Newton Aycliffe has surpassed employment estimates. There are now over 1000 people employed at Newton Aycliffe, including 50 apprentices.
Hitachi is building new trains at Newton Aycliffe for passengers across the UK. New intercity trains for the Government’s £5.7bn Intercity Express Programme are the first to be built. This includes 122 intercity trains for the Great Western and East Coast main line. The first of these trains entered passenger service this year.
New commuter trains for Scotland are also being built at Newton Aycliffe. 70 electric trains will run on ever popular routes, including the Glasgow‐Edinburgh line.
Hitachi uses UK suppliers wherever possible for its train parts. Around 70% of the parts used on new trains are from businesses based across the country, which Hitachi looking to increase this figure with every new order.
The ripple effect of Hitachi’s investment is particularly felt in the North East. Last year, a new technical college, UTC South Durham, opened nearby. Hitachi is a co‐founder and business sponsor of the college, which will see a new generation learning practical engineering skills. Students regularly visit the Newton Aycliffe facility to take part in learning projects.