Spanish train manufacturer Talgo has announced its shortlisted locations for its UK factory, which could employ as many as 1,000 people.
It announced today (October 9) that sites near Chesterfield, St Helens and Leeds have been shortlisted for England as well as Mostyn in North Wales. It plans to announce locations for Scotland imminently. A final decision is expected next month.
Talgo has been shortlisted to build the 54 classic compatible trains for High Speed 2 (HS2) in a £2.75bn deal, while it is also interested in the East Midlands and West Coast Partnership deals. The firm was also looking to bid for new trains for the CrossCountry franchise until that competition was stopped following the announcement of rail review in September.
The company says it aims to enter the UK train market through what it calls ‘true manufacturing’. It said in a statement: “instead of assembling kits of parts from overseas, it wants to source components from within the United Kingdom.”
Talgo said this approach will grow the UK’s manufacturing capability, strengthen supply chains, create more jobs, and boost local economies.
Talgo President Carlos de Palacio said: “The establishment of a manufacturing facility in the UK is a significant part of Talgo’s future strategy.
“Talgo’s aim is to establish true manufacturing – rather than assembling from parts made elsewhere. This means that we will draw from materials and expertise across the UK.
“This keeps more money in the UK economy, and creates more skilled long-term jobs.
“Although there can only be one factory site, we have developed excellent relationships with all the countries, regions and areas that we have visited. We anticipate continuing these relationships to ensure that Talgo provides great opportunities across the UK.”
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