Vauxhall-Ellesmere-PortThe turnaround at Vauxhall’s two UK manufacturing sites continues with the news fresh jobs have been created at both Ellesmere Port in Cheshire and Luton in Bedfordshire.

Ellesmere Port is to take on around 300 new jobs in Q1 2015 to help with preparations for the all-new Vauxhall Astra due towards the end of 2015. Luton will also get around 250 new jobs in January 2015 when a second shift is added to the Vivaro van facility.

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“This is great news for Vauxhall and for British manufacturing,” said Vauxhall chairman and Managing Director Tom Towzer. “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.”

Winning the new Astra for Ellesmere Port was a groundbreaking win for Vauxhall, as it secured the plant’s facility into the next decade (and also brought £125 million of fresh investment into the Cheshire site). The plant won the contract despite competition from overseas alternatives and, says Vauxhall, is testimony to the flexibility and skills of the UK workforce.

The contract came a year after Luton won the contract to build the all-new Vivaro, and this itself brought £185 million investment into Bedfordshire.

With the additional new jobs at the two plants, Vauxhall’s UK manufacturing workforce will swell to more than 3000 people; currently, 1200 are employed at Luton and 1600 work at Ellesmere Port. It’s a welcome and long-overdue reinforcement of its British roots for GM’s long-running Vauxhall brand.