A new rail maintenance depot is to be built in Doncaster after funding was finally secured to bring new high-speed trains to the East Coast main line.
In a £2.7 billion job-boosting contract the Government today announced that a total of 497 carriages for the London to Scotland route will be built at Hitachi Rail Europe’s purpose-built factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, creating 730 jobs.
As well as building the new manufacturing facility, Hitachi will construct maintenance depots at sites including Doncaster and Bristol.
The Class 800 trains will start running on the East Coast line in 2018, providing significant benefits to passengers, with 19 per cent more seats on each train, journey times between London, Doncaster and Edinburgh reduced by up to 15 minutes, and improved reliability.
Hitachi recently announced its plans to move its global rail headquarters to the UK, further underlining the confidence in the UK economy and rail market.