MPs urged to back city firm in bid for rail deal
A DERBY MP has tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to award the £1 billion Crossrail rolling stock contract to city train-maker Bombardier.
Derby North MP Chris Williamson has started the parliamentary petition, which can be signed by other MPs.
It has already received the backing of Derby South MP Margaret Beckett, who has sponsored the motion.
It calls on MPs to back a campaign for the Crossrail contract to be awarded to the Litchurch Lane firm.
In particular, it calls on Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who is chairman of Transport for London, which will receive the Crossrail trains, to publicly support the campaign.
Bombardier is one of four bidders hoping to land the work to build 600 carriages.
If it wins the work, the contract could secure the long-term future of its Derby factory.
The Department for Transport said the winning bidder would be announced early next year.
Mr Williamson's motion states that awarding Crossrail to Bombardier "would guarantee 10,000 jobs in the East Midlands and in the national supply chain, as well as safeguarding the future of train building in the nation that gave railways to the world".
But it also raises concerns if Bombardier does not win the work, warning that "the plant will close, meaning the end of British train manufacturing".