Bishop laments ‘devastating’ loss of Honda plant in Swindon


Rt Rev Vivienne Faull said the car giant’s announcement will affect “thousands of others” in addition to the site’s 3,500-strong workforce.

The Bishop of Bristol said: “The decision by Honda to close its Swindon operations is a devastating blow for the town.


“We think of not just the 3,500 people who face the prospect of redundancy, but also the thousands of others who will be affected by the plant’s closure.”

Honda revealed the site, which produces 150,000 vehicles every year, will close at the end of the current model’s production lifecycle.

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A statement by the firm said: “This proposal comes as Honda accelerates its commitment to electrified cars, in response to the unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry.

“The significant challenges of electrification will see Honda revise its global manufacturing operations, and focus activity in regions where it expects to have high production volumes.”


Business Secretary Greg Clark added his concern, describing the move as a “devastating decision for Swindon and the UK”.

Bishop Vivienne invited affected families to uses their local church as a “place to reflect”. She said…

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