Celebrations are taking place today to mark 175 years of the railways and rail industry in Derby
Derby-based Bombardier have today signed a deal worth £180 million for carriages which will serve London's busiest commuter routes.
A rail magazine has reported that two of the three people suspended over the West Coast bid also worked on the Bombardier bid.
More than 240 jobs will be created and hundreds more secured as a result of the government's decision to award a £1 billion contract to Derby-based trainmaker Bombardier.
Transport chiefs have also revealed they expect the deal to boost the British economy as a whole, with around 74 per cent of the supply chain spending to remain in the UK.
The deal, announced this morning by Transport for London and the Department for Transport, will secure the future of 760 jobs at the plant in Old Oak Common, plus 80 apprenticeships.
It will also mean 244 new jobs will be created, along with 16 new apprenticeships.
Bombardier will deliver rolling stock - including 65 trains - for Crossrail, which will link the east and west sides of London.
It comes after Bombardier controversially missed out on a £1.4bn contract for the Thameslink project in favour of German firm Siemens in 2011, forcing the firm to announce 1,400 job cuts.
This is the first picture of what the new Crossrail trains set to be manufactured at Bombardier's Derby plant will look like.
The firm was awarded the contract to build 65 trains for the project, beating competition from Japanese company Hitachi and Spain's CAF.
Derby-based trainmaker Bombardier has won a £1 billion contract to supply stock for the new Crossrail line in London.
The contract is to provide 65 trains for the £14.8bn Crossrail line, which runs east-to-west across the capital city.
The company was awarded the contract above Japan's Hitachi and Spanish firm CAP.
More to follow.
Bombardier is celebrating making its one thousandth carriage for the London Underground today.
The Derby-based trainmaker produces and maintains trains for the Victoria, District and Circle line and the London Overground.
Production of the fleet started in 2010 and will continue until 2015.
Midlands-based manufacturer Bombardier has been named Transport Supplier of the Year at the UK National Transport Awards.
The award recognises the Derby-based firm's role in upgrading the London Underground's Victoria Line and supporting train operators during the London 2012 Olympics.
Bombardier designed and built 376 new Bombardier Movia metro trains for the Victoria Line from its base in Derby.
The line is now the most reliable service on the London Underground network.
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."
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."
A new contract has been signed for Derby-based Bombardier provide another 116 carriages for use on the Thameslink service through London.
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 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.”
£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.