PSA Peugeot Citroën has confirmed that a fourth shift will go ahead at its Ryton plant, near Coventry in the English Midlands after a majority of workers voted for the change.

Union members voted 72% to 28% in favour of new shift patterns that will see production rise at the plant from 190,000 in 2001 to 230,000 in 2003.

The plant currently builds the Peugeot 206 in both left- and right-hand drive forms and is the sole source plant for the new SW station wagon versions.

Last year, 51% of production was exported.

The new shift patterns are scheduled to start in early December and the company will need to recruit an additional 700 employees.