Bombardier loses contract

Derby-based company Bombardier has lost out on the £1.6bn Thameslink contract to Siemens putting more jobs under threat.

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Bombardier: Department for Transport statement on Thameslink deal

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.

– Department for Transport statement

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