Vauxhall Plan .Works on Merseyside
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VTAUXHALL MOTORS plan to open V a new factory principally for the production of commercial vehicles, at Ellesmere Port on the south side of the Mersey.
Negotiations are in hand for the purchase of a suitable site for a factory of more than 24-m. sq. ft., capable of accommodating about 7,000 workers.
Construction will start, as soon as negotiations are complete, in two stages. Stage 1 covers the erection of buildings to house a press shop, facilities for body building, painting and trimming, and the final assembly of commercial vehicles. with buildings and plant for associated Services. This stage is expected to take two years to complete.
Stage 2 is planned to cover the further development of the site into a highly integrated commercial vehicle plant.
The Rover Co., Ltd., may soon announce their plans to build a new factory in one of the development areas.
33,426 GOODS VEHICLES MADE IN JANUARY
QFFICIAL figures put January's output of goods vehicles at 33,426 at a weekly average of 8,357, and of passenger vehicles at 1,757, the weekly average for these being 439. Exports of goods vehicles totalled 11,439 and of passenger vehicles 419.
Except for passenger-vehicle exports, these figures are higher than those for January, 1959; when goods-vehicle production amounted to 25,087 and of passenger vehicles to 1,234) Exports of goods vehicles in that month were 9,678 and of passenger vehicles 476.
Production and exports of both classes of vehicle last January, however, declined slightly from the December levels.
ALL RAILWAYS TO GO?
IT was possible that all railways in
Northern Ireland would be closed down, Mr. G. B. Howden, chairman of the Ulster Transport Authority, stated last week. As reported on page 142, the Authority would have made a profit last year had they not had to absorb the Ulster section of the Great Northern Railway.
If the road goods section of the undertaking were returned to private enterprise, as had been indicated, it would have an adverse effect upon the Authority's economy, Mr. " Howden added. This section had an overall trading balance for the first time last year.
• R.A.C. RADIO UNITS
MOBILE offices of the Royal Automobile Club are to be supplemented by radio-controlled service units. Each will consist of a caravan-type vehicle with attendant Land-Rovers and motorcycle combinations.
The R.A.C. will also provide a better radio assistance service, and be in operation at major sporting events; air lisplays and county shows this year.