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Passenger train manufacturer Vivarail has accelerated the expansion of its County Durham base creating new jobs sooner than initially expected.
Jane Imrie

Eco-friendly train firm creates new jobs ahead of schedule

Passenger train manufacturer Vivarail has accelerated the expansion of its County Durham base creating new jobs sooner than initially expected.

Vivarail has doubled the size of the Seaham site ahead of schedule, adding a new unit complimenting the existing 11,000 sq ft unit and transforming the site into its national research and development centre.

The expansion has enabled the eco-friendly company to take on new members of staff just over a year after the site was established, ahead of the company’s original three year target.

Vivarail founder and chief executive, Adrian Shooter, said: “Moving to County Durham and having the flexibility to add another unit has allowed us to expand our business more quickly than planned.

“It gives us access to a pool of talented workers, including engineers, technicians and fitters, and the benefit of good transport links between our two locations.”

The opening of the plant at Seaham’s Spectrum Business Park in 2017 was supported by economic development organisation Business Durham, as well as public body Innovate UK which provided £640k of grant funding for the venture.

Caroline Taukulis, business engagement team manager at Business Durham, added: “Vivarail’s arrival has been a welcome addition to what is an increasingly important industry in the region.

“Their investment is great for jobs and the local economy and highlights the facilities and skills we have to offer.”

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