The north west has been given a multimillion pound boost after Vauxhall confirmed it will be building its next Astra at its factory in the region.
More than 700 jobs will be created at the Ellesmere Port site after General Motors decided that the facility should continue in its historic role as “Home of the Astra”, and will be one of two GM factories to build the next generation of the mid-sized hatchback when it arrives in 2015.
Vauxhall Chairman and Managing Director, Duncan Aldred, said: “This is great news for the Ellesmere Port plant, our employees, the local community, our suppliers, the Vauxhall brand and the UK. We have been able to develop a responsible labour agreement that secures the plant’s future.
“This is assisted by the government’s industrial strategy; increasing its focus on the manufacturing sector and creating ideal ground for companies to build up long term investments.“
The deal, which will also see a £125m investment into the Wirral site, is expected to keep production at the plant going until at least the early 2020s.
Ellesmere Port has built Vauxhalls since 1964, when the plant was used to built the company’s Viva model.