Siemens denies it faces fines on train problems
A GERMAN train-maker which beat Derby's Bombardier to a major Government contract has denied reports that it is facing a fine over alleged problems with a fleet of trains it is supplying to Belgium.
Belgian newspaper Flanders News claimed the state-owned rail company SNBC/NMBS had suspended the delivery of 250 trains built by Siemens because they were experiencing "too many problems".
The paper also claimed that SNCB/NMBS, which has ordered 305 Desiro trains from the German manufacturer, would be asking Siemens to pay a fine.
But Siemens, which beat Bombardier to the £1.4 billion Thameslink contract, has hit back at the report, saying that deliveries were continuing and the company was not facing a fine.
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A company statement said: "The start of operations has been challenging due to the harsh weather conditions in the last few months. In mid-December minor technical problems occurred in a few of the delivered trains, something that is not unusual during the initial phase of operations.
"Since then, Siemens has been working intensively with our customer on the elimination of these open issues. All delivered Desiro trains are in regular passenger service. There has not been any penalty incurred."