Hitachi, a major employer in County Durham, explains why it wants to win the contract to build HS2 trains.
Winning a £2.75bn contract to build trains for the HS2 high-speed rail line would secure jobs in the North East, manufacturing giant Hitachi has pledged.
Hitachi has been shortlisted to build trains for the line, as part of a joint bid with manufacturers Bombardier.
The work would be divided between Hitachi’s plants in Newton Aycliffe, Country Durham, and Bombardier’s plant in Derby.
As well as safeguarding jobs at the two sites, the firms say they have a policy of using British suppliers, which would mean jobs are created in the supply chain.
And winning the contract would be a huge boost for local economies, according to Hitachi Rail spokesman David Meechan.