Hitachi Rail Europe has confirmed it has started a consultation to re-size its factory – with 250 jobs expected to be cut at the Aycliffe train-assembling facility.
A statement from Hitachi said: “Earlier today, we informed staff about a 45 day consultation, which will examine the resizing of the factory workforce.
“We are working with Unite, local business groups, and looking across our entire global business, to explore how we can assist with new employment or redeployment.
“The decision to restructure Newton Aycliffe has not been taken lightly. It reflects the need to remain competitive and put the factory on more sustainable and long-term footing by winning more manufacturing orders in the future.
“Hitachi Rail remains committed to the North East and the UK. We will start building 61 new trains at the factory by the end of the year and investing an additional £8.5m on new welding and painting facilities.”