Hundreds of new jobs coming to Merseyside

Posted: 14/05/2012

Vauxhall Motors are expected to declare the future for the Ellesmere Port plant this week. General Motors who own Vauxhall, are thought to be preparing an announcement that will see the new version of the Astra built in the plant. This could offer hundreds of new jobs for the surrounding community.

It is understood that a decision has not been finalised but if it proves to be true, it would be a major boost for Merseyside’s car industry.

Although nothing is certain about the Vauxhall plant, Jaguar Land Rover announced that they are opening a new parts plant facility this summer, which will create 300 new jobs. The plant will be managed by DHL, who already employ over 600 staff at the Halewood car plant where the Land Rover Evoque and New Freelander 2 production is taking place.

In related news, Merseytravel are investing in £300 million worth of new trains for Merseyside’s rail network. The company have been planning to replace their fleet of aging trains for a while but finding an in-budget quote proved difficult. They asked manufactures worldwide for estimates of how much a full replacement would cost and a price of £300 million was finally agreed.

The transport authority is looking for an executive to oversee the major project, which would kick off the start of the scheme, set to be completed in 2017.

The current trains were built in the late 1970s and the lease agreement with Angel Trains, costing £12 million a year is set to expire over the next six years. A Government grant currently funds the cost of the lease and the cost of the new trains will be paid for a Government grant and fares.

It was made obvious by the shadow transport secretary, Maria Eagle, who spoke to the Liverpool Echo, that Merseyrail need to make changes to their trains, with 20 million journeys made on them each year, ‘I can certainly see why they have got a problem with the current trains. This would be a good thing for passengers, and I’m sure it’s an opportunity our domestic train builders will be interested in playing a part in.’

There is a £20 million refurbishment of Liverpool’s Central Station currently under way which is to be re-opened in October 2012.

Do you think Merseyside has a bright future thanks to the hunderds of new jobs and new trains coming to the region?

Amanda McGovern, Pali Ltd

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