Hull's Spencer Group bids for huge £500m metro contract in Newcastle

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Dec 2018

Hull engineering firm Spencer Group has teamed up with train building giant Hitachi to bid for a £500m metro contract.

The business, headquartered at Humber Quays, is hoping to win the major contract to build new trains and a depot for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Spencer Group already has a proven track record in the north east, having completed work on Newcastle Station, a biomass facility at the Port of Tyne, and Hitachi’s depot in Newcastle.

From 2022, the existing Tyne and Wear Metro fleet will be replaced with brand new high technology trains, and maintained at a newly-constructed site at Gosforth, Newcastle.

Gary Thornton, managing director at Spencer Group, said: “Our partnership with Hitachi to bid for the contract with Tyne and Wear Metro builds on our successful relationship delivering major rail projects.

Spencer Group CEO Charlie Spencer (Image: Simon Renilson)

“Together we offer a compelling proposition of complementary engineering expertise that will deliver unrivalled benefits to the client and value to the economy of the north.”

The two firms have teamed up in the past, when Spencer Group upgraded existing East Coast main line rail depots ready for Hitachi’s new intercity trains.

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Hitachi is currently building the pioneering new intercity trains which will soon connect Newcastle to London, Scotland, Manchester and Liverpool.

Spencer Group has delivered over £85m of projects within the North East, and is now hoping to secure another major deal.

Spencer Group has previously completed work on Newcastle Station's historic roof (Image: Meehan Media & Comms)

Ross Nagle, chief operating officer for manufacturing at Hitachi, said: “Our train building team in the north east is delivering truly world class trains already carrying millions of passengers around the country.

“We are now working hard to secure more orders, so our investment in the north east economy will continue to be felt across the region and with our local suppliers.”

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Spencer Group currently employs 300 people across the north, including at its headquarters in Hull.

Hitachi hit the headlines in East Yorkshire earlier this year when it was announced it was one of the train companies appealing against the awarding of a £1.5bn contract to build new tube trains for London to rival Siemens.

Its joint High Court challenge with Midlands-based manufacturer Bombardier was however thrown out, and Siemens went on to sign the contract with Transport for London for its new facility in Goole.

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