Fife Council welcomes the announcement that Talgo  has shortlisted the former Longannet Power Station site as a potential factory site that could employ up to a thousand people.

 

Talgo designs and manufactures fast, lightweight trains and operates in 28 countries worldwide.

 

Councillor David Alexander, Co–Leader of Fife Council said: “We are delighted that Talgo has announced that Longannet is one of only two locations the company has shortlisted to build a state-of-the-art factory.

 

“We have worked tirelessly with the Scottish Government and partners through the Longannet Task Force to secure Longannet as a preferred site.  We strongly hope that Longannet will be the final preferred location and stand ready with our dedicated investment team – Invest in Fife – to support the Scottish Government, Scottish Development International and Talgo to succeed in bringing this investment to Scotland and Fife.”

 

Fellow Council Co-Leader David Ross added:  “The Council will do whatever it can to ensure that Longannet is the site chosen in the final selection.  The strengths of the Longannet site are clear given its close proximity to the ports of Rosyth and Grangemouth.  This will be a facility that will manufacture trains and develop world-leading technology, employing up to a thousand people.  Longannet has excellent accessibility, infrastructure and energy supply and has access to a skilled local workforce.  If Longannet is chosen as the final site, it will have a profound positive impact on the economy of Fife and Scotland.”

 

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson said: “With potential for significant new jobs and supply chain opportunities, we are delighted that Longannet has been named as one of the final two shortlisted locations for Talgo’s factory.”

 

“The Scottish Government is working with Talgo and private sector partners across Scotland to ensure maximum benefit from the opportunity that Talgo’s investment represents and looks forward to Talgo’s final decision in the near future.”

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