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.
Bombardier will not be confirmed as losing the Thameslink contract for another ten days according to reports.
German firm Siemens will only then be confirmed as the winners of the contract due to a legal requirement known as the Alcatel standstill period.
This allows time for unsuccessful bidders to challenge the decision.
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.