Vauxhall’s Luton plant is set to resume production on May 18 but a date has yet to be fixed for when the Ellesmere Port factory will restart.

The North Road site, which employs more than 1,000 people, was temporarily shut on March 17 due to the coronavirus crisis with workers placed on furlough.

Since then the carmaker has put in place more than 100 measures – including checking employees’ temperatures – for a “gradual and safe” return to work.

Vauxhall has today confirmed that its Luton site will reopen on Monday, May 18.

Colin MacDonald, director of the Luton plant, said: “Since the shutdown of our site, we have implemented a reinforced health protocol on our industrial site with the support of our medical service and in close collaboration with our union partners.

“Thanks to this collective effort, validated by the audit that took place on 4 May, we can resume the manufacturing of the commercial vehicles on Monday 18 May, in a progressive and safe manner.”

Yann Vincent, EVP manufacturing of parent compnay Groupe PSA, added: “Protecting our employees and protecting our company remain the two intangible principles for the management of our operations.

“Our enhanced measures protocol offers a high level of protection to our employees and is the first criterion for restarting our manufacturing sites.

“As industrial activity is driven by commercial activity, which is our second criterion, we are gradually and securely relaunching our industrial system to manufacture the cars expected by our customers. These two criteria will guide our decisions for the coming weeks and months.”