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Hitachi to create 150 jobs at new train depot in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Monday 20th March 2017 at 9:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an Hitachi Intercity Express (ICE) train inside the Stoke Gifford service depot.

Japanese firm Hitachi is creating 150 jobs at its newly built train service depot in Stoke Gifford.

The £80m facility, near Bristol Parkway Station, will maintain the new Intercity Express (ICE) trains which will run on the Great Western route.

Recruitment for the 150 jobs is starting now to ensure the facility is ready ahead of arrival of the new trains, which will connect London to Wales and the South West of England, entering service later this year.

Work carried out at the Stoke Gifford depot will include readying trains for passenger services. Whilst housed at the depot, trains will be serviced to ensure they are in good condition, safe and clean. Day to day tasks will include engine tests, changing wheel sets and running thorough inspections of the trains.

The new trains offer a step change in passenger experience with more seats available and modern technology.

The first wave of the new trains to be introduced on passenger services is being built at Hitachi Rail Europe’s (HRE’s) UK train manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

The new roles are permanent and require people with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. As part of bringing new skills and talents into the industry, steps are being taken to attract people who have not previously worked in rail. HRE is looking to recruit from a variety of sectors such as aviation, automotive, and the military, as well as those groups often under-represented in rail such as women and young people. HRE will provide extensive training to ensure new employees meet the high standards long associated with the Hitachi brand.

More: Depot will recruit four new apprentices every year »

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Green light for Filton Triangle rail depot

Posted on Friday 3rd February 2012 at 12:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Triangle rail depot planning meeting

Members of a South Gloucestershire Council committee have voted to approve a controversial planning application from Hitachi Rail to build a train maintenance depot on land known as the ‘Filton Triangle’ in Stoke Gifford.

The proposed depot, required as part of the project to electrify the main line between London and Cardiff, had been opposed by hundreds of Stoke Gifford residents who feared their homes would be blighted by noise, fumes, light pollution, increased flooding risk and other environmental issues if the project were given the go-ahead.

A report written by the Council’s planning officials and published prior to the meeting had recommended that the application be approved, subject to 18 listed conditions – addressing such things as noise levels, hours of work during the construction phase and environmental issues.

Before Councillors reached their decision, supporters and objectors were given the chance to address the meeting.  Speaking in favour of the proposal were Ian Crawford (Transport for Greater Bristol), transport campaigner Dave Redgewell, Stoke Gifford resident James Potts, David Wood (RMT union) and Richard Cole of Network Rail. Lesley Cox of the Stokes Campaign Against Rail Electrification Depot (SCARED) spoke against the proposal, along with two other local residents.

After a debate that lasted more than two hours, Councillors eventually decided to approve the application, subject to the addition of some extra conditions and “informative” comments.

More: Local Councillor Keith Cranney abstained from the vote »

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Around 50 protesters attend rail depot site inspection meeting

Posted on Sunday 22nd January 2012 at 9:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Rail depot site meeting in Sandringham Road, Stoke Gifford

District Councillors inspecting the site of a proposed 42 acre rail depot in Stoke Gifford were given a frosty reception from around 50 residents at a meeting in Sandringham Road last Friday (20th January).

Hitachi Rail wants to build the depot on the Filton Triangle [map], an area of land bounded by railway lines to the west of Parkway Station, as part of the £1 billion project to electrify the Great Western mainline.

More than 500 local residents have objected to the scheme, saying they fear the 24/7 depot will create noise, fumes and light pollution, lead to an increase in flooding and pollute waterways in the area.

Friday’s street meeting gave the applicant’s agent, local residents and local Parish and District Councillors a chance to address members of a South Gloucestershire Council planning sub-committee assigned to inspect the site prior to a decision being made.

The meeting got off to a tense start, with residents heckling the Sub-Committee Chair Cllr Dave Hockey as he tried to explain the procedure to be followed during the 35 minutes allowed. Interruptions continued as planning officer Simon Penketh tried to outline the proposals with the aid of a large plan, with many people saying they couldn’t hear what was being said.

The meeting went on to hear Andy Barr, agent for Hitachi, read out a prepared statement, followed by observations and comments from local South Gloucestershire Councillor Keith Cranney.

One resident who said he was in favour of the scheme “with reservations” was then allowed to speak, before opponents – headed by Lesley Cox of the Stokes Campaign Against Rail Electrification Depot (SCARED) – were given a chance to have their say.

Cllr Hockey thanked everybody for their contributions, adding that although procedure dictated that no answers could be given to protesters’ questions on the day, these would be provided in a report published prior to a planning meeting scheduled for Thursday 2nd February, when a decision to approve or refuse the application is expected to be made.

More: A summary of ‘who said what’ at the meeting »

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Opportunity to address Councillors on rail depot plans

Posted on Wednesday 18th January 2012 at 4:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Intercity Express Programme (IEP)

Local residents are being given the chance to address members of the South Gloucestershire committee that is considering a planning application to construct a rail maintenance depot on land adjacent to Sandringham Road in Stoke Gifford.

Members of the public are invited to attend a ‘site meeting’ of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee outside 78 Sandringham Road [map] at 10am on Friday (20th January), where they will have a chance to have their say on the plans put forward by Agility Trains as part of the project to electrify the Great Western mainline.

A notice on the Stoke Gifford Parish Council website asks anyone wishing to speak at the street meeting to make contact with the Committee Clerk, Paul Johnston, (telephone 01454 864425) before the day.

The triangular site proposed for the depot forms the north-east quadrant of a diamond formed by railways lines [map].

The site would be accessed from the A38 Gloucester Road via North Way and a private road that will need to be upgraded.

If it gets permission, the 17 hectare (42 acre) site will be used for a main maintenance workshop, a train wash building, a wheel lathe building, accommodation for drivers and cleaners, fuel storage and two electricity substations.

More: Parish Council and more than 500 residents have objected »

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