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An MP has celebrated the awarding of a £1 billion Crossrail contract to Derby-based manufacturer Bombardier, claiming it has saved hundreds of jobs by ensuring the firm did not pull out of the UK.
Derby North MP Chris Williamson told ITV News Central the deal will enable Bombardier to bid for new contracts - whereas if they had lost the contract, it may have meant the firm pulling out of Derby altogether.
He said it was a fitting tribute to 175 years of trainmaking in the city.
Workers at the Bombardier plant in Derby have spoken of their relief and delight at today's announcement the firm has been awarded a lucrative £1 billion government contract.
The company warded off competition from overseas to seal the deal to supply 65 trains to the Crossrail project in London.
Manufacturing work on the company's existing contract to supply Tube trains was continuing this morning at the plant in Old Oak Common.
The new deal has secured the future of around 760 jobs, and means the creation of 244 new positions at the site.
This is the first picture of what the new Crossrail trains set to be manufactured at Bombardier's Derby plant will look like.
The firm was awarded the contract to build 65 trains for the project, beating competition from Japanese company Hitachi and Spain's CAF.
Union bosses have welcomed today's announcement that a £1 billion supply contract for London's new Crossrail line will go to Derby-based Bombardier.
The deal will seal the future of more than 1,000 hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships, including 244 new positions.
Unions today said the decision came as a "great relief" after the manufacturer controversially missed out on a similar deal to supply trains for the capital's Thameslink project in 2011.
Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union general secretary Bob Crow called the announcement a "fantastic result".
This is a fantastic and deserved result… which will go a long way to saving the future of train-building in the nation that gave railways to the world.
Unite national officer Julia Long echoed his sentiments.
This is great news for the workforce at Bombardier and for Derby.
After the disastrous handling of the Thameslink contract this news must come as a massive relief for the skilled men and women at Bombardier.
Bombardier will continue to build trains, valuable jobs will be secured and young people will have a future in manufacturing through apprenticeships.
This decision is a tribute to the skills and dedication of the Derbyshire workforce.
A Derby MP has today welcomed news that the city's Bombardier factory has been awarded a £1 billion contract with London's Crossrail project.
Chris Williamson, who represents Derby North, said the deal was "great news" for both the company and for Derby's wider economy.
– Derby North MP Chris Williamson (Lab)
The fantastic campaign by Derby people and trade unions to secure train manufacturing in Derby, after losing out on the £1.4bn Thameslink contract in 2011, has been vindicated.
Today’s announcement is just the fillip Bombardier needed to secure its medium-term future and it’s great news for Derby’s wider economy too.
Each Crossrail train will be 200 metres long and able to carry up to 1,500 passengers. Key features include air conditioning and inter-connecting walk-through carriages.
On-train passenger information systems will deliver real-time travel information to allow passengers to plan their onward journeys.