Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant to close due to coronavirus pandemic

VAUXHALL’S Ellesmere Port plant will temporarily close from tomorrow (March 17) due to the coronavirus pandemic. The North Road site, which employs more than 1,000 people, will be shut until at least March 27. In a statement, owners PSA said: “Due to the acceleration observed in recent days of serious COVID-19 cases close to certain production sites, supply disruptions from major suppliers, as well as the sudden decline in the automobile markets, the Chairman of the Executive Board with the members of the crisis unit, decided the principle of the closure of the vehicle production sites, according to the following schedule and until March 27.

“March 16: Mulhouse (France), Madrid (Spain). “March 17: Poissy, Rennes, Sochaux (France), Zaragoza (Spain), Eisenach, Russelsheim (Germany), Ellesmere Port (United Kingdom), Gliwice (Poland). “March 18: Hordain (France), Vigo (Spain), Mangualde (Portugal).

“March 19: Luton (United Kingdom), Trnava (Slovakia). “The closure of the mechanical sites will be adjusted accordingly. “The site management teams will implement the site closure procedures locally, which will be done in coordination with the social partners.”

Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Justin Madders tweeted: “Sadly this is likely to be one of many businesses impacted in this way, at least those that work there will still receive pay during this closure.”

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