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Dr Vince Cable and Patrick McLoughlin will start work on Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe plant
WORK on an £82m North-East train-building factory starts today.
Hitachi Rail Europe will make the first cut in the ground for its plant at Newton Aycliffe, in County Durham, this morning.
The project will create 730 North-East jobs as Hitachi build more than 860 carriages at the plant from 2016 for the Government's Intercity Express Programme to revamp the UK's 40-year-old high-speed train fleet.
The ceremony will feature Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, who will join Hitachi Europe's executive chairman and chief executive, Alistair Dormer, for the historic occasion.
Bosses previously revealed it will build the first trains at its factory in Kasado, Japan, which will be shipped to the UK for testing in early 2015. Subsequent trains will then be made in Newton Aycliffe.
The project has created work for glassmaker Romag, in Leadgate, near Consett, County Durham, who will make and repair windows, and Gateshead-based Petards, which will supply passenger counting systems and driver reminder safety switches.
Nomad Digital, in Newcastle, will make on-board servers.
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