Titan gets the kiss of life in Cumbria
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LEYLAND'S Titan double-decker's future should now be assured, now that the much-rumoured transfer of production to the Leyland National factory. at Workington in Cumbria has been officially announced.
A E14m investment programme is already underway at Workington where a 90,000sq ft. extension to the existing factory is being built. About 200 Leyland Titans have been built at the Park Royal plant in London which is to close in June this year. Most of these buses are in ser vice with London Transport.
The decision to build the bus at Workington will mean 315 extra jobs at a plant which currently has 475 staff.
Leyland National's workforce is almost entirely semiskilled, and an advertising campaign in the area has already produced enough applicants to recruit the Titan workforce.
Work will soon begin on 13 pilot production Titans at a 25,000 sqft disused factory adjacent to the existing site.
This facility is to be used to train personnel in the necessary production systems.
The new extension will be completed late this year and the first bus should roll off its production line in 1981.