Bombardier’s Derby factory to build Crossrail trains

crossrailThe government announced today that 760 UK manufacturing jobs and 80 apprenticeships will be supported by its decision to award a contract for 65 trains to be built at the Bombardier factory in Derby.

Transport for London (TfL) and The Department for Transport (DfT), this morning announced their intention to award the contract to deliver rolling stock and a new depot for Crossrail with a capital value of around £1 billion to Bombardier. The contract covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 new trains and a depot at Old Oak Common.

Bombardier has confirmed that the new trains will be manufactured and assembled at its plant in Derby.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said the decision was “wonderful news for Derby, the East Midlands and UK manufacturing”.

He went on: “Workers in the city will be relieved to learn that jobs and apprenticeships at the factory have been secured for a good few years.”

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the manufacture of the new trains would not only revolutionise rail travel in London, but “deliver jobs and economic growth in their birthplace in Derby and across the UK”.

A statement said: “Crossrail Limited has conducted this procurement in a fair, objective and transparent manner and in full compliance with the regulatory framework.”

Bombardier has previously threatened job losses after losing out on UK government train building contracts won by its German rival Siemens.

Copyright Ken Hurst 2014

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About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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