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12/10/2018

North Wales port shortlisted for major rail rolling stock development

Words: Roger Milne
Port of Mostyn in Flintshire / Shutterstock_773383981

The Port of Mostyn in Flintshire, North Wales, has been shortlisted as the location for a major new factory making a new generation of high-speed trains that could employ up to 1,000 workers.

Spanish train manufacturer Talgo wants to establish its first facility in the UK: it would involve a complex extending to 40,000 square metres.

The other sites in the mix are in England in St Helens, Chesterfield and Leeds, and in Scotland at Hunterston and Longannet.

A decision on the location of its UK factory, which would aim to source as many components from the UK supply chain as possible, will be made next month.

If the Port of Mostyn is selected it would be the second Spanish-owned train-manufacturing facility in Wales.

In Newport work is advancing on a £50 million train-making factory for the company that will produce new diesel trains and carriages for the next Wales and Borders rail franchise.

Jim O'Toole, managing director of Mostyn Port, said: “For the past 18 months we have been working closely with the Welsh Government to identify and satisfy Talgo’s requirements and believe we can now offer them an ideal manufacturing site.

"This site has a direct connection to the main railway network for new trains to be delivered directly to Talgo’s UK customers together with adjacent port facilities for their future export programmes.”

The port is privately owned and located on the outer estuary of the River Dee. In recent years Mostyn has become one of the main centres in Europe for the assembly and installation of wind turbines. A large portion of its business is now dedicated to the offshore renewable energy sector.

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