Progress is entering the final fit out stage on a £21m rail technology centre which will deliver up to 130 jobs when it opens.
Alstom began construction last October on a state-of-the-art facility in Halebank.
The centre’s steel works, floor, roof, windows and external cladding are now complete and the Alstom logo has been placed at the building’s entrance.
Rail tracks have also been laid, while a connection to the West Coast Main Line was expected to be complete by the end of May.
The first contract to be delivered at the technology centre is the repainting of the 56-strong Pendolino fleet of Class 390 ‘tilting’ trains which are used by Virgin on the West Coast Main Line.
Alstom is now installing the specialist painting booths, craneage and access platforms that will be used for the project.
Alstom UK’s managing director of trains and modernisation Mike Hulme said: “Our Widnes rail technology centre and academy will create high quality manufacturing jobs and a wide range of training opportunities, bringing knock on social and economic benefits to the North West.
“It’s fantastic to see our logo finally go up at the centre.
“Now that the building and rail head are nearing completion, we’re excited to see some of the finishing touches taking shape.
“We’re looking forward to the opening of the site this summer, and continue to progress with the final stage of construction works.”
The facility’s associated Alstom Transport Training Academy will open in September and support 65 apprenticeship places in its first year.
A total of 30 of these will be filled by internal candidates, and will deliver 15,000 training days a year.
Alstom will announce plans for its official opening of the rail technology centre in the coming weeks.
The company has said in the past the site could create up to 600 jobs in the long term.