Today marks the official opening of the CAF rail assembly plant in Newport.
Completed in 2017, with significant support from the Welsh Labour Government, the plant currently employs a skilled workforce of around 250 people, which is set to grow to 300 in the near future.
Train production has been up and running at the site at Llanwern since 2018, with units currently being built for West Midlands trains and Northern. Over the next few years, rolling stock from the Newport facility will enter service across the Wales and Borders rail franchise operated by Transport for Wales.
Looking to the future, CAF has the potential and the capacity to produce trains that are at the cutting edge of modern rail technology.
Jessica Morden, MP for Newport East said:
“The Welsh Labour Government has created the conditions that attract world-leading businesses into Wales.
The investment through CAF demonstrates our collective commitment to Newport and to supporting businesses to thrive here. The site is rapidly becoming a hub for growth, attracting new suppliers and growing the local supply-chain. All of which will be a boost to our economy locally.
We have great ambition here in Newport. We could be the centre for production for trams or trains that will run across the UK network. I look forward to working with CAF and the Welsh Labour Government to building on this success.”