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19.02.14

Crossrail contract confirmed for Bombardier

Bombardier has been confirmed to deliver Crossrail rolling stock as the 10-day standstill period on the contract has been completed.

TfL appointed Bombardier to supply, deliver and maintain 65 new trains, as well as a depot in Old Oak Common. The trains will be manufactured in Derby with the first vehicles to be delivered in May 2017.

The contract will support 760 UK manufacturing jobs as well as 80 apprenticeships. The maintenance contract will last for up to 32 years and includes the option for 18 additional trains.

Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground and London Rail, said: “The award of this contract sees Crossrail begin to move from construction project to new railway, serving London and boosting the economy of the UK as a whole. Bombardier is already supplying London Underground with 191 new air-con trains for the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Circle and District lines, as well as extra carriages for London Overgroundincreasing trains from four to five cars in length, boosting capacity by 25%. We look forward to working closely with Bombardier on the delivery of all these new trains, as we continue to invest in larger, more frequent and reliable trains for our customers.”

Dr Francis Paonessa, managing director of Bombardier Transportation UK said: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank TfL as we embark on this flagship contract and look forward to working together with Crossrail to deliver these iconic new trains for London."

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The Crossrail project is now rolling on full steam ahead. The manufacture of these new trains will not only revolutionise rail travel in London, they will deliver jobs and economic growth in their birthplace in Derby and across the UK. With a firm on board to deliver a fleet of 21st-century trains and the tunnelling more than halfway complete, we’re on track to deliver a truly world-class railway for the capital.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Derby has a deserved reputation for quality train building and I am delighted Bombardier can write the latest chapter in this success story. The deal is a win for the employees of Bombardier and British manufacturing, supporting 760 new jobs and 80 apprenticeships. For commuters it will mean new state-of-the-art trains that deliver quicker and more comfortable journeys and boost capacity across the capital.”

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail chief executive said: “Crossrail will transform rail services in London and the South East. The new rolling stock is an essential component of Crossrail. We look forward to working with Bombardier to ensure the delivery of the new trains as the project continues to make progress on time and on budget."

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