Bombardier 'facing hefty fine over late delivery of trains'
TRAIN-MAKER Bombardier is facing a fine of £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. They 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 for handicapped travellers. Construction problems encountered by Bombardier also caused a delay of at least 12 months, SBB said.
The trains are being made at Bombardier factories in Switzerland and Germany.