Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant to restart production
Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port will resume car production mid-August, exactly five months after it halted work due to the pandemic.
The plant, which makes the Astra, closed mid-March along with parent firm PSA’s other facilities across Europe. Although Vauxhall said in April that the plant had deployed a protocol of reinforced health measures, with a view to reopening, it’s the first time a definitive date has been announced.
The reopening at Ellesmere Port comes after a protocol of reinforced health measures was fully audited and greenlit by trade union Unite. The protocol comprises more than 100 measures covering all the company’s activities at industrial, administrative, R&D and commercial level.
Groupe PSA has also announced that its Luton site, which produces the Vauxhall and Opel Vivaro, Peugeot Expert and Citroën Dispatch vans, has introduced a third shift.
Activity at the site commenced on 18 May with one shift after the deployment of a protocol of reinforced health measures. Growing demand for the vans prompted a second shift from 1 June and the third shift came into effect on 12 July to increase output at the site.
In agreement with Unite, 188 volunteer employees from the Ellesmere Port plant and the Parts Distribution Centre in Luton are assisting the workforce at Luton on a temporary basis bringing the total workforce there to 1,750 staff.