PLANS for a new train factory at Longannet are now "being progressed without delay".

The Press reported exclusively last month that a big announcement was expected as Spanish firm Talgo anticipated that they would land contracts which would 'push the button' on the plant's creation.

And the high-speed train manufacturer revealed on Friday that they're pressing ahead with their £40 million investment plans.

The plant will create 1,000 direct jobs and thousands more in the surrounding West Fife area.

Longannet will be the primary manufacturing location for the high-speed trains – that can run up to 235mph – and the site will work with local supply chain partners and colleges to ensure the technology involved moves forward.

Carlos de Palacio, Talgo president, said: "The establishment of a UK manufacturing facility is a key part of Talgo future strategy. Talgo is renowned worldwide for excellence and innovation.

"We are going full steam ahead with our plans."

Neighbouring residents were able to have their say at the first of two public consultations at Kincardine Community Centre two weeks ago.

The second event is to take place on April 29.

Jon Veitch, UK director, told the Press that it was the time to listen to locals and build for generations after they first announced back in November that Longannet was their preferred site on which to build their facility.

He said: "We want to know how they can support us.

“This is a long-term commitment to the area, the community and the country. This isn’t being built just for one contract. This is for generations.

“We want to hear from school children, employers, colleges – which we’re already doing – to see how they will be able to drive the technology forward which will contribute to our success and the country’s success."