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Bombardier has sight on Crossrail contract as Siemens pulls out

Production line at the Bombardier factory in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A controversial multi-billion pound contract to build London's Crossrail project has moved a step closer to being built by Derby train builder Bombardier, as Siemens pulls out of the project.

In a statement, Siemens said: "Crossrail is a very large project and, since first undertaking our initial assessment of capacity and deliverability, Siemens has won multiple additional orders.

"To pursue another project of this scale could impact our ability to deliver our current commitments."

Crossrail will link Heathrow to East London.

Bids for the rail contract are due next month, with a decision expected by mid-2014.

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Derby train maker loses out on billion pound deal

It's been confirmed that Derby-based trainmaker Bombardier, has missed out on the £1.6bn contract to build the carriages for the Thameslink rail line.

More than a thousand jobs have already been lost since German firm Siemens was originally announced as the preferred bidder. Campaigners are now urging the Government to award the contract to build trains for the Cross Rail project in London to Bombardier.

George Cowcher from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, says Bombardier needs to look at for contracts.

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UK firm Bombardier loses out on £1.6bn train deal

The £1.6bn deal will see 1,140 carriages built for the Thameslink route Credit: PA

A £1.6bn new train contract which has been mired in controversy has been given to a German, rather than a UK firm, it has been confirmed.

The contract for 1,140 new carriages for the Thameslink rail route has gone to a consortium led by Siemens of Germany rather than to Bombardier of Derby.

Siemens, whose selection over Bombardier was much criticised, said it expected the contract would create up to 2,000 jobs.

Hailed by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin as "a boost for UK Plc", the contract will see the first new train running on the cross-London Thameslink route in 2016.

The introduction of the full fleet by the end of 2018 will enable a 24-trains per hour service to operate through the capital at peak times.

In October 2009 the Labour government announced that the two remaining short-listed bidders for the contract were Bombardier and Siemens.

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Reports: Bombardier loses out on £1.6bn contract

Bombardier was forced to cut 1,400 jobs in 2011 Credit: Matthias Hiekel/DPA/Press Association Images

There are reports that Derby-based company Bombardier has lost out on the £1.6bn Thameslink contract putting jobs under threat.

Around 1,400 jobs have already been lost since German firm Siemens was originally announced as the preferred bidder to provide the 1,200 carriages two years ago.

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