Bombardier Wins £680m Contract

Bombardier has won a share of a £680 million deal to supply trains for the new West Midlands rail franchise.

The firm will manufacture 333 electric carriages for West Midlands Trains – a consortium made up of Dutch national operator Abellio, the East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui and Co.

Bombardier will be working alongside Spanish firm CAF, who have been selected to make 80 diesel carriages for the franchise.

Dominic Booth, managing director of Abellio UK, said: “We are delighted to award this work to Bombardier and CAF, which means we are now overseeing £3bn of investment into 1,700 new carriages across all our franchises.

“It is great news that so many of these trains will be produced in the UK. As a company, we are committed to working with the government to strengthen the British economy and deliver thousands of high-quality jobs over the coming years.”

The model of train it will be supplying to West Midlands Trains will be the Aventra.

Richard Hunter, UK managing director at Bombardier Transportation, said: “Being selected for this important order is another huge endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer and manufacture here in the UK.

“Our modern Aventra trains will be built in the Midlands for the Midlands, and provide passengers with greater connectivity, reliability and shorter journey times.”