The UKs only train manufacturer Bombardier, has lost out on a key contract to Germany’s Siemens. Bombardier Transportation is the railway division of Bombardier Incorporated, a Canadian company which
It is expected that around 1400 contractors will be amongst those losing their jobs at the Derby plant. The Derby plant is home to Derby Carriage and Wagon Works which builds TurboStar and ElectroStar passenger trains and also London Underground rolling stock.
The contract which they were competing for is for the new Thameslink trains. This is a big blow for Bombadier and leaves many skilled manufacturers in the Midlands at risk of unemployment.
Siemens Wins Thameslink Contract
The news was out that Siemens had won the Thameslink contract on the 16th June 2011. Although the job cuts were only officially announced today the Bombardier plant in Derby was at risk from the moment the contract was lost.
Thebusiness that has won the contract is Siemens plc and the Cross London Trains (XLT) consortium of Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, PPP fund Innisfree Ltd and investment company 3i Infrastructure plc. Although UK jobs are being lost it is argued that the Siemens plc and the Cross London Trains (XLT) business so could prove to be beneficial to UK manufacturing in the longer term.
Although the main parts of the trains will be built in Germany it is expected that there will be an additional 2000 jobs required across the UK, with 600 at the Siemens Transmission & Distribution Ltd plant at Hebburn in Tyne & Wear, 650 at building depots in Hornsey in London and Three Bridges in West Sussex plus another 750 jobs in maintenance and operations.