Design engineers credited in Bombardier Crossrail win

Bombardier will provide the rolling stock and depot facilities for London's Crossrail project worth an estimated £1 billion.

The contract includes the supply, delivery and maintenance of 65 trains all to be manufactured and assembled at its Derby plant, as well as a London based depot facility. The first trains are expected to be delivered by 2017 ahead of services commencing in late 2018. The design and development work, critical to its winning bid, took place entirely in the UK.

Dr. Francis Paonessa, managing director, Bombardier Transportation UK, said: "This is a resounding endorsement of our proposed Bombardier Aventra train for Crossrail, which has proudly been designed and developed in the UK as an iconic and world-technology leading train for London.

"Today's decision is a credit to the efforts of our entire workforce in the UK, including our 1,600 strong Derby-based design, engineering and manufacturing team who form a global centre of excellence for the rail industry."

It was a risky time for the 'train and plane' manufacturer, with its UK base almost entirely dependent on winning today's contract. The announcement safeguards some 760 UK engineering and manufacturing jobs and will create 80 new apprenticeships.

It is also set to boost the UK engineering and manufacturing base more widely, with many small to medium sized engineering businesses earmarked in the supply chain. It's estimated 74% of the total contract spend will remain in the UK economy.

Justin Cunningham

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