Construction of Alstom’s new technology centre in the industrial town of Widnes, Cheshire, is nearing completion.

The company has released a new set of images showing Alstom’s logo now in place above the facility’s entrance ahead of its opening this summer.

The £21 million centre will house a new rail academy, which is due to open in the autumn with an initial intake of 65 apprentices. Alstom has also indicated that the Widnes site could be used to build trains in the future should Alstom win any sizeable orders in the UK.

Most of the building works are now complete and the West Coast Mainline connection has been laid. Mike Hulme, Managing Director of Trains and Modernisation at Alstom UK, said, ‘Our Widnes rail technology centre and academy will create high quality manufacturing jobs and a wide range of training opportunities, bringing knock on social and economic benefits to the North West.

‘It’s fantastic to see our logo finally go up at the centre. Now that the building and rail head are nearing completion, we’re excited to see some of the finishing touches taking shape. We’re looking forward to the opening of the site this summer, and continue to progress with the final stage of construction works.’