Planning permission for the Talgo UK train manufacturing facility at Longannet, Fife, was approved on December 18, paving the way for the company to start building work as soon as it wins an order.
Scottish Enterprise made the application to develop the site of the former power station, with a mix of business, general industrial use, storage and distribution facilities as well as the factory.
This allows Talgo UK’s stated ambition of being able to start construction of the site the day after it wins its first contract to become reality. The company has also always stressed it’s not just here for the £2.75 billion HS2 trains contract (due to be awarded next year), but for other UK opportunities, as well as the export market.
“By taking part of the site, Talgo UK can now continue to develop our plan to bring ‘true manufacturing’ back to the UK rail industry – sourcing from the UK supply-chain, and keeping more money in the local, regional, and national economies of the UK,” said Talgo UK Managing Director Jon Veitch.
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