Derby train-maker Bombardier secures Southern deal extension
DERBY train-maker Bombardier has secured a £60 million order to supply an extra 40 carriages to Southern Railway.
This morning, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed that Southern would be extending an existing order for 130 Electrostar carriages, bringing the total that will be made at Bombardier's Litchurch Lane factory to 170.
Mr McLoughlin also said the Government was backing Southern's tendering process for 116 new electric carriages with the option for a further 140.
This could provide another boost for Bombardier if it wins the work.
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He said: "Our support for Southern will not only boost capacity but help secure British jobs.
"The deal for the 40 new carriages, helped along by my department, demonstrates the government's ongoing commitment to invest in Britain's railways.
"My officials are working with Southern to accelerate their procurement process for up to 256 carriages because our ambitious electrification plans requires additional rolling stock on the network."