New contract for Bombardier

A new contract has been signed today for Derby-based Bombardier to provide another 116 carriages for use on the Thameslink service through London.

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Bombardier deal is 'great news for the people of Derby'

The Commercial Director of Bombardier UK has said Bombardier's new contract is "great news for the people of Derby".

A new train was unveiled in London today, as the firm signed a £180 million deal to provide 116 more carriages for use on Southern services.

"We've come out fitter and stronger," Des McKeon said about the company losing out to German firm Siemens in 2011, "we're bidding aggressively for more contracts."

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'Very important day' for Derby-based Bombardier

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said today is a "very important day" for Derby-based train maker Bombardier.

The firm signed a £180 million deal to provide another 116 carriages for Southern, to be used on services through London.

In 2011, the company lost out to German firm Siemens to build new train carriages for its Thameslink route.

Speaking today Mr McLoughlin said: "I think Bombardier have put it behind then, there was disappointment and I shared that disappointment but there was an open process, an open contract, they didn't win that particular one."

New £180 million contract for Derby-based Bombardier

A new contract has been signed for Derby-based Bombardier provide another 116 carriages for use on the Thameslink service through London.

Derbyshire Dales MP and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin Credit: ITV News Central

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin today visited a train depot in Battersea to see the first of a new fleet of 130 carriages.

This is the second contract for Bombardier which is worth £180 million.

The new trains made by Derby-based Bombardier Credit: ITV News Central

The Derbyshire Dales MP said: “London’s commuters deserve a first class rail network and comfortable modern trains, Southern is delivering that. This second order will also provide a further boost to the thousands of passengers who travel into London every day.

“A successful rail network is vital for the economic prosperity of the country and its standing in the global race. The fact that these trains are made in Britain also protects jobs outside of the capital.”

Read: Transport Secretary to view Derby-based trains

Transport Secretary to view Derby-based trains

Bombardier in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

£180 million worth of train carriages built at Derby-based Bombardier will be on show for the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin, today.

The 130 carriages are being tested in London and will be rolled out across the city in December.

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images