French train firm unveils plans for £20m plant in north-west England [Guardian]

Date: 07/10/2016

The French train company Alstom is to build a new multimillion-pound plant in the north-west of England, delivering a major boost to the region during a time of uncertainty about Britains exit from the European Union. Alstom will spend an initial £20m on a new site at Widnes, Cheshire, creating about 600 jobs. The facility will modernise the Pendolino trains on the west coast mainline and contain a training academy, but it could eventually manufacture new rolling stock if Alstom wins a contract to produce trains for London Underground or HS2. [From Mark Bartlett]

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French train firm unveils plans for £20m plant in north-west England


Alstoms new site in Widnes, Cheshire, will create about 600 jobs, and the firm aims to win contract to manufacture trains for HS2

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