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Boris Johnson arrives at Bombardier factory

Boris Johnson arriving at Bombardier

Boris Johnson has arrived at the Bombardier factory in Derby to inspect the progress on trains being built for London's Crossrail project.

The Mayor of London gives welding a go Credit: ITV News Central

The contract with Transport for London is worth £1.3bn.

Bombardier is delivering 65 nine-car trains for the east-west rail link in the capital.

The project is due to open in 2018.

Bombardier officially signs £1bn Crossrail contract

Derby-based train manufacturer has officially signed the £1 billion contract to provide 65 new trains for the new Crossrail line in London.

An artist's impression of what the new Crossrail trains from Bombardier will look like Credit: Department for Transport

The new deal has secured the future of around 760 jobs, and means the creation of 244 new positions at the new depot.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said welcomed the official sealing of the deal.

Derby has a deserved reputation for quality train building and I am delighted Bombardier can write the latest chapter in this success story.

The deal is a win for the employees of Bombardier and British manufacturing, supporting 760 new jobs and 80 apprenticeships.

For commuters it will mean new state-of-the-art trains that deliver quicker and more comfortable journeys and boost capacity across the capital.


Derby College preparing for new Bombardier jobs

Derby college say they are training enough new engineers to fill all the new jobs created by Bombardier's 1 billion pound contract.

Derby College trains young engineers Credit: ITV Central

The contract secures the future of 760 jobs and will create 244 new positions.

Engineering courses at Derby College Credit: ITV Central
Young engineering students at Derby college Credit: ITV Central

Derby college provides tailor made courses for jobs with Bombardier and Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce are also campaigning for the HS2 Academy to be based in Derby.

University of Derby welcomes Bombardier contract

The University of Derby has welcomed the 1 billion pound contract awarded to local employer Bombardier.

The trains for London's Crossrail project will be made at the company's plant in Litchurch Lane.

Bombardier plant in Derby Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Angela Dean, Head of the School of Engineering and Technology, says the university is ready to supply 'work-ready engineers' for the project.

This is tremendous news for the manufacturing industry in Derby and confirms the city as one of the premier centres for the world’s rail industry.

Our graduates from areas such as mechanical, electrical, electronic and manufacturing and production engineering are a great talent pool for Bombardier and will support the supply chain to train work-ready engineers ready to take on this exciting challenge.”

Over 90% of students from the University's School of Engineering and Technology have moved into work or further study within six months.

MP: Bombardier deal has stopped firm leaving UK

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.

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