100 jobs will be created at Alstom in Widnes after the firm won a contract worth £642 million with Avanti to refurbish trains for its newly acquired West Coast Mainline service.

Avanti, a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, took the West Coast Mainline over from Virgin Trains in December.

As part of the new deal, Alstom will refurbish all 56 electric Pendolino trains, with upgrades and work on more new trains also agreed in the seven-year agreement.

With Alstom opening its innovative Technology Centre in Widnes in 2017, the 100 new jobs are a fantastic boost to the local area, especially those with a manufacturing or rail background.



Reference: ITV (2020) "North West centre gets contract to refurbish Avanti trains creating 100 jobs'" Available at: https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2020-01-08/north-west-centre-gets-contract-to-refurbish-avanti-trains-creating-100-jobs/ (8/1/2020)

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