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Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plan which depends on Brexit is welcomed

A proposal to manufacture the next generation Astra at Vauxhall Motors’ Ellesmere Port plant has been welcomed in the region.

Groupe PSA, which acquired Vauxhall Motors, has announced a conditional plan to build the vehicle at the site, with the decision dependent on the outcome of Brexit.

Subject to the final terms of UK’s exit from the European Union and the acceptance of the New Vehicle Agreement, which has been negotiated with the Unite Trade Union, Ellesmere Port would be one of two European sites chosen to manufacture the vehicle.

The firm has also confirmed that the Russelsheim plant in Germany has been chosen.

Currently the Vauxhall and Opel Astra are built in Ellesmere Port and Gliwice in Poland, with the bestselling product said by Groupe PSA to still be in the “middle of its life cycle”.

Commenting on the announcement, Christine Gaskell, chair of Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, says: “Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership welcomes the news by Groupe PSA, owner of Vauxhall Motors, that it has conditionally chosen Ellesmere Port as the UK manufacturing site for the next generation Astra.

“Vauxhall has long been an integral part of Cheshire’s engineering landscape, having manufactured in Ellesmere Port for almost 60 years, so we welcome this positive message of commitment to the future of the plant.”