1. ITV Report

Derby train maker Bombardier land £1 billion pound contract securing 1,000 jobs into the next decade

Production line at the Bombardier factory in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira / PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Derby train maker Bombardier have announced they have won a £1 billion pound contract which will secure a thousand jobs into the next decade.

The new service for rail passengers across East Anglia promises to deliver more than 1,040 new state of the art carriages and cut journey times by an average of 10%.

The firm will produce 660 new carriages, enhanced services and faster trains across the East Anglia franchise.

By 2021 there will be:

more seats on services arriving at London Liverpool Street in the morning peak
additional services from Monday to Friday
Chris grayling at Bombardier Credit: ITV News Central

We are making the biggest investment in the railways since the Victorian era. By awarding this franchise to Abellio East Anglia we will improve journeys for people in East Anglia.

This is part of our plan to make an economy that works for everyone – not just the privileged few – by ensuring prosperity is spread throughout the country.

– Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary
Production line at the Bombardier factory in Derby Credit: ITV News Central

More than 97 million journeys are made on East Anglia’s rail network each year. Weekday services will see an increase of 13% to stations including: Cambridge, Norwich, Stansted Airport, Lowestoft, Southend and London Liverpool Street.

We’re delighted to be chosen, pending final contract signing, as the preferred supplier for new trains for the East Anglia franchise.

We look forward to working with our customer the Abellio UK, to support them in transforming rail services throughout the region and delivering an enhanced customer experience through the provision of new trains.

– Des McKeon, UK Commercial Director at Bombardier Transportation