Hitachi Rail starts welding brand new British trains as investment in North East factory reaches £110m
Hitachi Rail starts welding brand new British trains as investment in North East factory reaches £110m
Hitachi Rail starts welding brand new British trains as investment in North East factory reaches £110m

Hitachi Rail’s investment at its County Durham factory – which now totals £110million – sees new facilities completed, allowing welding and painting to start on brand new UK passenger trains. New welding and painting facilities will be used to build the next generation of intercity trains for East Midlands Railway and Avanti West Coast. Around […]

Hyperdrive Battery Plant, Sunderland
Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive agreement opens way for battery trains across Britain
Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive agreement opens way for battery trains across Britain

Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive Innovation have signed an exclusive agreement to develop battery packs to power zero-emission trains and create a battery hub in the North East. The two North East manufacturers will now accelerate the creation of batteries that can be mass-produced to provide emission-free power for hundreds of battery trains across the UK. […]

Eco-friendly train maker Vivarail increases workforce ahead of schedule thanks to a skilled workforce in County Durham
Eco-friendly train maker Vivarail increases workforce ahead of schedule
Eco-friendly train maker Vivarail increases workforce ahead of schedule

Vivarail, the manufacturer of eco-friendly passenger trains, has accelerated expansion of its site in County Durham and turned it into its national research and development centre, creating new jobs faster than expected. It opened the new plant at the Spectrum Business Park, Seaham, in December 2017 to complement its main site at Long Marston, near […]

£500m contract opportunity attracts over 100 businesses
£500m contract opportunity attracts over 100 businesses

More than 150 businesses attended an event at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland today (8 October) to find out how they can be part of the supply chain to deliver a contract worth £500m that will see a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro designed, built and maintained.  Organised by […]

Hitachi investment in train factory tops £100million with new building completion in Newton Aycliffe
Hitachi investment in train factory tops £100million with new building completion in Newton Aycliffe
Hitachi investment in train factory tops £100million with new building completion in Newton Aycliffe

Hitachi have opened a new £5m building at their train factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.  The new building, which increases production capacity, means Hitachi’s total investment in the site reaches over £100million. The new building, named ‘Aspire’ following a staff competition, was opened by Phil Wilson MP. Established in 2015, the Newton Aycliffe plant […]

Viva Rail
Skilled rail jobs to be created as Vivarail opens a new production plant in County Durham
Skilled rail jobs to be created as Vivarail opens a new production plant in County Durham

Vivarail will bring 30 specialist engineering jobs over the next three years, to the North East as it opens a large production site in County Durham.   It joins a growing number of rail engineering companies and suppliers operating in the region as it sees a resurgence in the industry. Vivarail has been attracted by the […]

Hitachi unveils first UK built Intercity Express Train
Hitachi unveils first UK built Intercity Express Train
Hitachi unveils first UK built Intercity Express Train

Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE), a global rail specialist with over 100 years of industry expertise, today celebrates the first Intercity Express (IEP) train to be built in the UK at its manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. Hitachi will be joined by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, Minister for Northern Powerhouse, […]