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Mail Online, 'Alstom blames GB government for job cuts', 10 Aug 2003

High speed rail propaganda produced by Alstom

High speed rail propaganda produced by Alstom

A ‘cutting-edge high-speed train factory and a new maintenance depot could be built in the Midlands as HS2 creates thousands of jobs’, French train builder Alstom has revealed (reported the Express and Star, 14 Nov 2013).

[‘Factory and depot for HS2 herald boost’, Express and Star, 14 Nov 2013]

The company today revealed that contracts for the trains alone could see a jobs boost of 4,000 posts.

A factory to build the trains would create around 700 jobs and is likely to be built in the region because it would be at the heart of the high-speed network, the firm said.

Alstom was formed by a merger of the French Alsthom concern and the heavy engineering parts of Britain’s General Electric Company.

GEC-Alsthom acquired the Metro-Cammell train factory in Birmingham, which was closed as the business changed from being an Anglo-French to a French company.

The derelict Metro-Cammell factory site is now earmarked for a depot for HS2 trains.

If Alstom won the contract to build HS2 trains, they would probably mostly be built in France.

Alstom has no British train factory and recent rolling stock orders for the UK have been sourced from its factories in France, Italy and Spain.

Alstom’s UK workforce is probably around 5% of the size of its GEC forerunner.


Written by beleben

November 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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