Bombardier's £100m contract to maintain West Coast trains
BOMBARDIER has secured a contract worth more than £100 million to continue maintaining Virgin trains operating on the West Coast mainline.
The work will be carried out at the firm's Central Rivers depot in Burton, which employs 360 people.
The contract will run until March 2016 and is an extension of an existing deal.
It has come about after the Department for Transport decided to ask Virgin to continue operating services on the West Coast route.
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It follows the cancellation of the rail franchise, which was won by FirstGroup, after flaws were discovered in the bidding process.
The competition will be started again and, meanwhile, Virgin will continue to operate the line.
Paul Roberts, from Bombardier, said: "Winning this contract allows us to continue our strong relationship with Virgin.
"It demonstrates Virgin's trust in Bombardier to continue delivering an excellent and cost-effective service."