Congratulations to Bombardier............

7th Feb 2014

Congratulations to Bombardier!

Here is the article that Marketing Derby have written on this fantastic piece of news for Derby.....

“Bombardier Wins £1 billion Crossrail Contract.

Marketing Derby Bondholder Bombardier Transportation has been named as the winner of a £1billion contract for the Crossrail project in London.

Bombardier, which employs 1,500 staff at its base in Derby, will build 65 Aventra trains capable of carrying up to 1,500 passengers each featuring air conditioning, inter-connecting walk-through carriages and real-time travel information.

Set to stretch from east to west across the capital, the Crossrail project will provide more frequent and faster journey times – increasing London’s rail capacity by 10%.

Francis Paonessa, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation said, ”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”.


The Views from Derby

Paul Bayliss, Leader of Derby City Council: “Fantastic news for the city. Derby is the only place you can design and manufacture trains in the UK”.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of D2N2 LEP: “The awarding of the Crossrail contract to Bombardier in Derby should recognise the joint efforts of the business community and civic leaders in its campaign to support rail manufacturing in the city. They have worked tirelessly over the past two years.”

John Forkin, Managing Director Marketing Derby: “This is fantastic news and a credit to the team at Bombardier for achieving success. It’s especially welcome from a city investment perspective as we would now expect more growth in the supply chain and Derby’s position as the UK and world capital for rail is secured.”

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce: “This is not just about Bombardier, it is about the hundreds of companies and thousands of people working in the supply chain who will be feeling considerably more secure this morning following this announcement.”


The Views from London

David Cameron, Prime Minister: ”Great news for Bombardier and Derby with the £1billion Crossrail deal. Our long term economic plan means more jobs, security and opportunity.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London: “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”.

Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary: “This announcement will mean state-of-the-art trains providing quick, comfortable journeys for the millions of people Crossrail will serve. It is also great news for British manufacturing and for Derbyshire”.