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.
The Derby South MP Margaret Beckett says the new £180 million contract with Southern Trains confirms the value and expertise of Derby based trainmakers Bombardier
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.
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.
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.
A Derby MP has begun a parliamentary petition calling for an independent audit over the government's decision to award the Thameslink contract to Siemens and not Bombardier.
Chris Williamson has tabled an Early Day Motion to ask why workers in his Derby constituency were overlooked for the £1.6 billion Thameslink deal.
The motion also raises questions over the long delay and cost of the contract. Campaigners are now urging the government to award the contract to build trains for the Cross Rail project in London to Bombardier, as proof of their commitment to UK manufacturing.
The deal to build 1,140 new carriages for use on the Thameslink rail line came a step closer to completion today as the Department for Transport confirmed its decision to award the £1.6bn contract to a consortium led by train manufacturer Siemens.
Before the contract award can take place there will now be a pause known as the Alcatel standstill period which will last at least ten days.
The £1.6 billion rolling stock project is part of a £6 billion upgrade to radically increase capacity and reliability on one of Europe’s busiest stretches of railway.
The Labour MP for Derby North, Chris Williamson, has criticised the decision to award the £1.6bn Thameslink contract to Siemens.
On his Twitter account, Mr. Williamson said:
The Department for Transport has confirmed that Bombardier has lost out on the £1.6bn contract to Siemens.
It also confirmed the deal is in the Alcatel standstill period and will not be formally announced for ten days.