Bombardier wins multimillion-pound contract to supply 40 trains to Southern Railways

Workers at train builder Bombardier in Derby have received an early Christmas present after the group won a multimillion-pound contract to supply 40 trains to Southern Railways.

The Department for Transport (DfT) this morning (21 December 2012) announced its backing for the order. It is also supporting Southern’s tendering process for 116 new electric carriages, with the option for a further 140.

“Our support for Southern will not only boost capacity but help secure British jobs,” said transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

“The deal for the 40 new carriages, helped along by my department, demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to invest in Britain’s railways.

“My officials are working with Southern to accelerate their procurement process for up to 256 carriages because our ambitious electrification plans requires additional rolling stock on the network.”

In December 2011, the government supported Southern Railway’s plans to buy 130 carriages from Bombardier to run on services in south London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

Southern expects these will be in service by December 2013.

As part of this deal Southern had the option to buy the additional 40 carriages at a later stage. The additional carriages will provide increased capacity on the Southern network from December 2014 and will help enable the cascade of rolling stock envisaged as part of the Thameslink programme.

Chris Burchell, managing director of Southern, said: “We are delighted to be able to order these additional vehicles which will provide much needed capacity on our network.”

Southern has also confirmed that all 170 carriages it has ordered from Bombardier have been refinanced and will be leased from new owner Porterbrook, a Derby-based rail investor.

Last year’s contract win from Southern Railway came after Bombardier lost out to Germany’s Siemens in July in bidding for a £1.4bn contract to build new passenger trains.


Source : InsiderMedia

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