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Back in gear: The regeneration of Longbridge

Words: Mark Smulian
Longbridge Austin Park and Park Point

The history of Longbridge has been a transition from boom to bust. The car manufacturing plant set up by Herbert Austin in 1905 served in two world wars and fought off post-war economic depression, strikes, mergers and takeovers. Now a new town is emerging from the 468-acre site, finds Mark Smulian

On the boundary between Birmingham and Worcestershire a new suburb is taking shape on a site that was once among the UK’s premier industrial landmarks.

It’s 10 years since the Longbridge car factory closed, with devastating consequences both for both its staff and surrounding communities; there were some 6,500 direct job losses and a further 20,000 in the s.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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