Ferryhill Town Council supports the Northern Echo’s ‘Back on Track’ campaign.

The paper along with the constituency MP, Phil Wilson, is backing a campaign to bring £7.5bn of investment to the region.

Japanese company Hitachi is planning on creating 8,000 jobs employing 800 people directly and an additional 7,000 jobs indirectly. The company hope to build the next generation of high speed trains at Newton Aycliffe.

The project is currently on hold due to the Governments Comprehensive Spending review. Phil Wilson contacted the council to secure as many signatures on a petition he plans on presenting to the Prime Minister after the Summer Recess.

Town Council Leader, Pat McCourt said, “this could be the biggest private investment in the North East since Nissan came here. We want as many people to sign the petition as possible; this could be a great boost for our region”.

To support the campaign call into the town council offices or lookout for petitions in local businesses throughout the town.