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Hitachi Rail Europe HR team success

Press Release   •   Jun 21, 2016 11:31 BST

Hitachi Rail Newton Aycliffe HR team. (L-R) Caroline Towers, Louise Williams, Jacquie Smith, Julia Potts, Kevin Bainbridge, Sam Plant, Nina Harding, Kirby Oliver, Jordan Hazell, Fern Whittaker

London UK, Monday 20 June 2016; The HR team at Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. (HRE) in Newton Aycliffe is celebrating after being crowned the HR&D team of the year at the North East of England CIPD awards.

The Hitachi team was recognised at an industry event for its recruitment and training processes that have seen over 500 new people recruited from over 16,000 applications last year.

Head of HR (Manufacturing) Julia Potts said:

“I am so proud of our team and it’s fantastic that our efforts have been recognised by such a prestigious body. The team has worked tirelessly to make sure the entire recruitment and training experience is a positive one for every single person involved.”

“Hitachi Rail Europe has brought train building back to the birth place of the first steam locomotive in the North East and, with our new workforce; we will be making trains in the UK for many years to come.”

Prime Minister David Cameron opened the Hitachi Rail Europe Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility (RVMF) in September 2015. When at full production, the state-of-the-art rail manufacturing facility will employ 730 people in semi-skilled, technical and engineering roles and will build a train car a day.


Notes to Editor:

  • The RVMF was opened by the Prime Minister, David Cameron on 3rd September 2015 in the company of the Chancellor (the Rt Hon. George Osborne MP), the Secretary of State for Transport (Patrick McLoughlin MP), the Rail Minister (Claire Perry MP) in the presence of over 600 invited guests.
    • Staffing levels at the facility are expected to hit the 730 total by the end of the year.
  • About Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd.

    Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Europe, Ltd. and is headquartered in London, UK.

    Hitachi Rail Europe is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signalling, traffic management systems, and maintenance depots.

    Hitachi draws on many years of experience as a leading supplier of high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bullet train) for the Japanese and international markets.

    In Europe, Hitachi Rail Europe’s first rolling stock contract was to deliver a fleet of 29 Class 395 trains, the first domestic high-speed train in the UK, which are maintained at Hitachi’s state of the art depot in Ashford, Kent. As part of the British Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme, Hitachi Rail Europe will replace the UK’s ageing fleet of Intercity trains, and will establish a new rolling stock manufacturing facility in the UK for this purpose. The trains will be maintained and services in a number of new maintenance depots along the Great Western Main Line and the East Coast Main Line.

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