Jobs to be created by £100m Plaxton deal

141201c'Plaxtons celebrates a �100million deal with National Express'GV of the factory'Picture by Neil Silk'17/03/14
141201c'Plaxtons celebrates a �100million deal with National Express'GV of the factory'Picture by Neil Silk'17/03/14

A one hundred million pound deal will bring up to 50 new jobs and secure hundreds mores at one of the town’s biggest companies.

Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL), which owns Scarborough coach-builder Plaxton has signed a £100m deal to provide 600 new, low emission buses for the West Midlands and Scotland over the next five years,

The move has been hailed as a major boost for manufacturing in Scarborough.

All the 600 vehicles - a mix of double deck and midi buses, will be built by ADL in Scarborough and Scotland as part of an exclusive arrangement that will also involve the supply of replacement parts.

Colin Robertson, chief executive of ADL, said: “We absolutely delighted to be here in Scarborough today to announce this deal with National Express, a five year deal worth £100m.

“It does a lot of things, first and foremost it helps underpin our workforce for the next several years, actually in Scarborough we will be adding another 30 to 50 jobs at Plaxtons.

“When we bought Plaxton back in 2007 we have doubled employees so any significant long term contract helps us to continue to grow.”

The business has seen an upturn in employment and production since it was taken over by Alexander Dennis Ltd in the spring of 2007.

At the time it employed 350 people and produced around 250 coaches a year.

Since then employment has increased by 60 per cent, with more than 560 people employed at the Eastfield factory.

Scarborough MP Robert Goodwill, the minister for Transport, said: “This is fantastic news for Scarborough and secures a large number of jobs for many years to come.”