The opening of Hitachi Rail Europe’s brand new £82million state-of-the-art facility in Newton Aycliffe, where new InterCity Express Trains will be assembled, will create 730 jobs in the North East and support thousands jobs in the UK supply chain. The £5.7bn deal is great news for passengers, jobs and economic growth. One local supplier is Romag, who will supply windows for the 122 new trains being introduced into passenger service on the Great Western from 2017 and East Coast Main Lines from 2018. Find out more about the opening of the Hitachi £82 million facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/train-manufacturing-officially-returns-to-the-north-east Full transcript: Designed and built by Hitachi for the government’s £5.7 billion InterCity Express Programme (IEP), the Class 800 trains are set to revolutionise rail travel by providing more seats, reduced journey times and improved reliability for passengers on the East Coast and Great Western routes from 2017. They are also playing a vital role in the country’s long term economic future. Hitachi’s rail manufacturing facility has not only given a major boost to jobs in the North East, but is also creating thousands of jobs in the UK supply chain. One such company is Romag based in Consett, County Durham, which is manufacturing windows for the new trains. Chief Executive Michelle Woodward believes the Hitachi contract will definitely help grow the business. Interview with Michelle Woodward The Intercity Express program for the local area is very very positive. Romag currently employs 146 people and that is continuing to grow and as companies such as Hitachi move into the area and we continue to grow our rail market then I can see that growing substantially over the future years.