We should be proud of our local businesses and towns but now is the time to build them up and develop them

I invited Claire Perry, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport to visit the UK headquarters of Knorr-Bremse based in Melksham.

I highlighted how this local employer has encouraged staff development from entry level shop floor to management. They encompass research and development, design and manufacturing – exporting internationally.

Knorr-Bremse Rail UK is at the forefront of the development, engineering and manufacturing of sophisticated rail systems – showcasing what Melksham is capable of. Knorr-Bremse now employs over 400 people in Wiltshire. We need to support companies like Knorr- Bremse and encourage more into our area to create more local jobs for local people.

Recently Knorr-Bremse has won a number of major, multi-million pound UK rail contracts including; braking systems for the new Hitachi Class 800/801 Intercity Express trains and the new Bombardier built Crossrail trains for London and for the supply and installation of a platform screen doors system for every platform on the Crossrail line.

Claire Perry MP commented “Rail is a vital part of our long-term economic plan and our record investment of £38 billion to 2019 is being felt across the country. The benefits are being felt directly by passengers but also throughout the supply chain at companies just like Knorr-Bremse. I was delighted Michelle invited me to be here to see the great work that is being done in the Chippenham constituency and exported worldwide.”

Some online coverage of the visit: railway-technology.com