Bombardier facing fine over late delivery of Swiss trains, report claims
TRAIN-MAKER Bombardier is facing a fine of more than £320 million over the late delivery of carriages to a Swiss operator, according to reports.
According to Swiss newspaper Der Sonntag, Bombardier, which has its UK manufacturing site in Litchurch Lane, Derby, will have to pay at least £324 million to Swiss railway group SBB for late delivery of 59 double-deck trains.
SBB ordered the trains for a total of 1.9 billion Swiss francs from Bombardier in May, 2010.
The trains were due to go into service from December but SBB said last year they would be up to two years late, partly due to adjustments of the trains to better suit handicapped travellers.
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Construction problems encountered by Bombardier also caused a delay of at least 12 months, SBB said at the time.
The trains are being made at Bombardier factories in Switzerland and Germany.
Both SBB and Bombardier have so far not commented on the report.