Alstom will build a major centre for research and development, providing training in engineering, manufacturing, project management and other vital transport sector skills, upskilling the existing workforce as well as supporting apprentices and new graduates for the rail industry across the North West.
Following the green light from the council, site clearance will take place on the £20m project before summer with construction due to begin later this year.
VolkerFitzpatrick and McLaughlin and Harvey are understood to be in the bidding for the job.
“The UK is one of the most exciting places in the world for train companies like Alstom to do business, so it’s important that we run the most efficient operation possible through modern facilities with the latest technology,” said Andreas Knitter, Alstom’s Senior Vice President for Europe.
The Widnes site will have a focus on reliable, low carbon power sources, while the facility will be built and run to minimise impact on local residents. Alstom has an objective of reducing the energy intensity of its sites by 10% by 2020.