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Green transport deal 'deemed likely'

Vauxhall has announced that it may build its new electric car in Cheshire, which could boost the uptake of green transport options in the region.

The car manufacturer's US-parent company General Motors (GM) indicated that the Ellesmere Port car plant is currently the favoured bidder to produce Vauxhall's Ampera model.

GM chief executive Fritz Henderson said: "I have been to Ellesmere Port a number of times and the team there has done a remarkable job and we feel very good about the plant.

"In terms of the Ampera, actions speak louder than words and you can't give a better statement in terms of future production."

Currently, the Astra is being produced at the site but Mr Henderson said that both vehicles could be produced at the plant via the same line.

If the Wirral-based car plant is agreed on, the north-west will be set to experience huge economical benefits in addition to environmental perks, with the guarantee of thousands of engineering jobs.

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