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Bombardier's £1bn contract spells over 240 new jobs

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 Bombardier plant in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

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.

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First look at the new Crossrail trains from Bombardier

This is the first picture of what the new Crossrail trains set to be manufactured at Bombardier's Derby plant will look like.

An artist's impression of what the new Crossrail trains from Bombardier will look like Credit: Department for Transport

The firm was awarded the contract to build 65 trains for the project, beating competition from Japanese company Hitachi and Spain's CAF.

BREAKING: Bombardier wins £1bn Crossrail deal

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.

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Train carriage milestone at Derby's Bombardier

Prince Charles visiting the Derby factory last year Credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

Bombardier named Transport Supplier of the Year

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 has been named Transport Supplier of the Year Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

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.

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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."

'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.”

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