A 'GENERATION of decent jobs' could be secured if a train manufacturer decides to set up a factory in Flintshire, an MP has said.

Talgo announced yesterday that a location at Mostyn has been shortlisted as a potential factory site that could employ up to 1,000 people.

There are five other shortlisted locations - three in England and two in Scotland - and a final decision on a factory site is anticipated next month.

David Hanson MP said: “We are one step closer to Talgo, one of the largest train manufacturers in Europe, setting up a new factory in Mostyn.

"The final decision will be taken at the end of the month but if Mostyn is successful it will bring with it as many as 1,000 jobs.

“Mostyn would be a fantastic choice of location for Talgo as we have an experienced workforce in manufacturing – you only have to look at the world beating plant for Airbus – and we have strong links with the major cities in north-west England.

“I know that we are all eagerly awaiting the final decision.

"It will secure a generation of decent jobs for Delyn and I will be doing all I can to secure our future as a powerhouse of manufacturing in Britain.”

Cllr Derek Butler, cabinet member for economic development, said: “We welcome the news of the shortlisting of the Mostyn site and wish them well in the hope that this significant number of manufacturing jobs is attracted to the area.”

Talgo - a leading specialised rolling stock engineering company - has an industrial presence in 28 countries and has said it aims to enter the UK train market through ‘true manufacturing’.

This means instead of assembling kits of parts from overseas, the company wants to source components from within the United Kingdom, which it says will grow the UK’s manufacturing capability, strengthen supply chains, create more jobs, and boost local economies.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: "This is a tough race with a huge prize of up to 1,000 jobs at the end but I remain hopeful that Talgo will make the right decision for itself and for North East Wales and choose Mostyn as the location for its UK base.”