BREAKING: Rail depot plan for Doncaster

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A DEAL for new intercity express trains which will see a maintenance depot set up in Doncaster has been given the go-ahead.

Under the deal announced by Government transport secretary Justine Greening, Agility Trains, a consortium led by Hitachi of Japan, will build 596 rail carriages at a new factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, and use a site in Doncaster as a servicing site.

The first trains will enter service on the Greater Western Main Line in 2017 and on the East Coast Main Line by 2018.

Agility was announced as preferred bidder for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) in early 2009, but after a series of delays it has taken more than three years for the deal to be finalised.

Hitachi will construct maintenance depots in Bristol, Swansea, west London as well as Doncaster.

See tomorrow’s Star for more details on the Doncaster plans.