Flintshire misses out on train making factory which could have brought 1000 jobs to county
The Port of Mostyn has failed to make the final stages of a selection process aimed at developing a UK base for Spanish train maker Talgo.
It is a move which could have created up to 1,000 jobs in Flintshire.
There were five other shortlisted locations in the bidding process three in England and two in Scotland.
Chesterfield and Longannet in central Scotland have been selected a final decision expected in mid-November.
Reacting to the news that Flintshire had missed out, David Jones Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria said: “Always a difficult one to land but this is very disappointing despite a massive team effort from all involved.”
Talgo president, Carlos de Palacio said:
“The establishment of a manufacturing facility in Britain 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 Britain.
This keeps more money in the British economy, and creates more skilled long-term jobs.”
The firm, which already has a presence in 28 countries including Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Talgo is one of five bidders vying for a £2.75bn contract to supply a minimum of 54 360km/h trains for operation on Phase 1 of Britain’s HS2 high-speed line linking London and Birmingham.
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