Bombardier denies facing payout for Swiss trains
TRAIN-MAKER Bombardier has denied a newspaper report claiming that it is facing large penalties for the late delivery of carriages to a Swiss operator.
In a report carried by Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag, unnamed sources claimed that Bombardier, which has its UK manufacturing site in Litchurch Lane, Derby, would have to pay at least £324 million to Swiss railway group SBB for late delivery of 59 double-deck trains.
SBB ordered the trains, which are being made at Bombardier factories in Switzerland and Germany, for a total of 1.9 billion Swiss francs in May, 2010.
The trains were scheduled to be delivered in December this year, but SBB announced last year they would be up to two years later due to modifications that came out of a court challenge SBB faced over the configuration of toilets and other issues for disabled passengers.
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Bombardier said it would not be facing any financial penalties as the firm was not involved in the court case.
Speaking about the report in Der Sonntag, spokesman Marc Laforge said: “It’s total speculation and it’s unwarranted.”
Bombardier also restated that the train deliveries would begin in 2015 and be completed by 2019.