Britain’s railways system has always been important and over the past few years the government has made some vital steps to ensure that the network continues to expand and grow. Now, it has been revealed that a £4.5bn deal has been agreed with Hitachi, with the company set to build and run a train factory in the UK, offering a great range of new employment options for British workers.
The billion pound deal is expected to create over 900 jobs, with 200 people needed during the construction phase and the remaining 700 positions becoming available when the factory is completed. Chief strategy officer for Hitachi, Shinya Mitsudomi, said: “We believe it is very important to contribute to job creation in the UK. We have learned so much about the railroad system from the UK, we felt it would be fitting to return to the birthplace of the railway to return the favour.”
The factory is being developed to create carriages using imported Japanese components. Over the next few years Hitachi will build around 600 new carriages for Britain’s railway network. With a large number of people needed to both complete and operate the factory, recruitment agencies can expect to see a rise in demand for skilled contractors experienced in the manufacturing and railway industry. With growing the railway network being one of the government’s top concerns, the new deal may well be the start of many new partnerships and employment opportunities to come.