Vauxhall has announced that it will take on 300 new staff at its Ellesmere Port plant, ready for production of the new Astra in 2015.

It follows the plant’s successful bid to build the 2015 Astra, which secured investment of £125 million for the UK factory in 2012.

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Meanwhile, in 2011, Vauxhall’s Luton plant received a £185 million investment to build the new Vivaro van – and now the Bedfordshire base is planning to create a further 250 jobs.

Vauxhall chairman and managing director, Tim Tozer:

“This is great news for Vauxhall and for British manufacturing. Both of our UK manufacturing plants have won long contracts with all-new product and as the business strengthens, we now need to take on more people to build these exciting new Vauxhalls.”

It’s good news for workers at the Ellesmere Port plant – which, just two years ago, faced speculation of a closure due to the financial losses of Vauxhall parent company, General Motors.

The new jobs at Luton and Ellesmere Port will be phased in from the start of 2015.

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