HUNTERSTON is one of six locations in the UK shortlisted for a factory site that could employ up to 1,000 people.

TALGO, a leading specialized rolling stock engineering company mainly focused on designing, manufacturing and servicing technologically differentiated, fast, lightweight trains announced that two locations in Scotland have been shortlisted for a potential factory.

TALGO is the rolling stock provider for the Haramain high speed railway line between La Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia and provider of the new AVRIL train to Spanish operator RENFE.

They aim to enter the UK train market, through ‘true manufacturing’. Instead of assembling kits of parts from overseas, the company wants to source components from within the United Kingdom.

There are four other shortlisted locations, one in Wales and three in England.

All locations share great connectivity, would receive a major boost from job creation, and have the potential to supply people that can be skilled-up to meet the needs of building trains that can run at up to 235mph.

Carlos de Palacio, President of Talgo (and grandson of the founder) said: “The establishment of a manufacturing facility in the UK is a significant part of Talgo’s future strategy.

“Talgo’s aim is to establish true manufacturing – rather than assembling from parts made elsewhere. This means that we will draw from materials and expertise across the UK.

“This keeps more money in the UK economy, and creates more skilled long-term jobs.

“Although there can only be one factory site, we have developed excellent relationships with areas that we have visited. We anticipate continuing these relationships to ensure that Talgo provides opportunity across the UK.”

A final decision on the site is expected next month.