The Department for Transport has finally agreed a deal with Agility Trains to build and maintain 92 new inter-city trains. To do this a new factory will be built in County Durham, along with new maintenance depots in Bristol, Swansea and Doncaster. This contract is worth £4.5bn and will create 900 new jobs. As well 200 people employed in the construction of the new train assembly plant and the 730 skilled staff who will work there, the deal will also secure thousands of jobs in the supply chain.
Agility Trains is a consortium made up of Japanese firm Hitachi and UK builder John Laing. The trains they are contracted to manufacture will run on the Great Western main line in 2017 and East Coast main line in 2018.
Source: BBC News