Bombardier wins Crossrail contract

Transport for London (TfL) and the Department of Transport (DfT) have announced their intention to place a contract with a capital value of around £1bn for 65 Crossrail trains with Bombardier, the Derby-based train manufacturer.

Bombardier has successfully beaten off competition from Spanish-based CAF, and Japan’s Hitachi, which also put in rival bids, and also from Alstom and Siemens who withdrew during the competition.

The contract award, however, is subject to a 10 day standstill period.

Bombardier will supply, deliver and maintain 65 nine coach trains, as well as construct a maintenance depot at Old Oak Common. It also has an option to provide an additional 18 trains.

To be designated class 345, each train will be 200 metres long and carry 1,500 passengers. The first ones should enter service in May 2017, and they will be progressively phased in before the main Crossrail central service commences in December 2018.

An estimated 74% of the contract spend should remain in the UK economy, and Bombardier is to target at least 25% of its value for SME (small & medium size enterprises).

The decision will secure jobs in Derby, and should allay fears about the future of its manufacturing base (following the previous successful Siemens bid for the Thameslink trains).

640/Feb 14

 

 

 

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