Peugeot has brought forward the closure of its Ryton plant, as more staff leave to start new jobs.
The closure of the plant was originally announced in April. It was expected to be shut by "mid-2007". However, over a quarter of the workforce has already asked to leave, making the plant unviable. It will now shut in January next year.
The factory, which makes the 206 supermini, moved to just one shift a day in August and is making around 160 cars daily. Around 2600 workers lost their jobs.