Bombardier wins £188 million Southern trains contract

Derby trainmaker Bombardier has won a £188 million contract to build 130 carriages for rail company Southern.Bombardier wins £188 million Southern trains contractThe Department for Transport had been criticised for choosing German rival Siemens over Bombardier as preferred bidder for the £1.4 billion Thameslink rail contract.

It is hoped the new contract will help secure the Canadian owned company’s future in Derby.

Bombardier announced 1,400 job cuts after losing out on the Thameslink deal in June.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: “This deal for more than 100 new carriages is great news for rail passengers and brilliant news for Bombardier and Derby.

“It lands Bombardier with a crucial train order and I look forward to Bombardier workers in Derby being among the winners of this important deal.  This deal, helped along by my department, shows my determination to invest in Britain’s railways.”

Paul Roberts, from Bombardier, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this contract by Southern.  This is a significant project which emphasises the performance of Bombardier’s products in the UK.  The new trains will be manufactured in the UK, with initial production commencing in the latter half of 2012.”

The firm did not say what impact the deal would have on jobs.

Southern runs services in south London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.  The new carriages will go into service from December 2013.

January 5, 2012  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Building Businesses, Business Growth, Business Jobs, Business Win, Growing Business, Uncategorized, Winning Business

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