Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe-based Production Manager NIKKI BONES talks to PHILIP SHERRATT about life at the UK’s newest train factory

Team effort: Hitachi colleagues from the ScotRail production team with a Class 385 bodyshell.
Courtesy Hitachi

My Railway Life

Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe rail vehicle manufacturing facility is impressive. Opened by then Prime Minister David Cameron on 3 September 2015, it now employs 1,000 people, around 99% of whom come from the local area. This is well in excess of the original planned staffing of 730, reflecting how busy the site has already become.


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