‘It isn’t just Nissan, it’s all the jobs’: how the carmaker’s U-turn hit Sunderland

As the firm abandons plans to build a major new model in the city, residents fear other employers will move elsewhere

Nissan’s Washington car plant in Sunderland remained silent on Sunday morning. The only sound came from the camera crews gathered at its gates in the morning chill.

Just hours earlier, the Japanese carmaker confirmed it was abandoning plans to build a new model of one of its flagship vehicles at the plant. At the Hylton Riverside shopping centre, just a few miles away, locals say there had been an inevitability to the announcement.

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