Latest News | 15 February 2021

Boss named for Alstom's newly acquired Derby site

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Train-maker Alstom has announced the new boss of its Derby site following its takeover of Bombardier.

Nick Crossfield has been made the firm’s managing director for the UK and Ireland and will be responsible for the former Bombardier train manufacturing site, in Litchurch Lane.

Nick held the same role for Alstom prior to its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, which was completed on 29 January. The deal makes Alstom the second largest train-maker in the world.

Nick Crossfield

Matt Byrne, previously Bombardier’s president for UK and Ireland, becomes Alstom’s new global head of services.

As a result of the takeover, Alstom is now responsible for supporting around 67% of the UK’s rail fleet.

It employs more than 6,000 people, mainly based in the East Midlands and the North of England, including 2,000 people at its facility in Derby, which is the largest train factory in the country, and the Alstom technology centre at Widnes.

Nick joined Alstom in 2015 as managing director of train control, where he successfully led the integration of SSL Ltd into Alstom’s UK and Ireland business.

In that role he also secured Alstom’s largest ever UK signalling contract for the full re-signalling of the Great Western Main Line, between Reading and Paddington.

He has previously worked as managing director of Siemens Rail Automation UK, managing director of INVENSYS Rail and director of contract and procurement at Network Rail.

Nick said “Alstom UK and Ireland is in a great position to deliver even more for our customers as the Bombardier acquisition adds scale, a wider range of products and greater capability.

“I am delighted and honoured to be leading us on the next step of the journey.”

Nick added that in both UK and Ireland, the appetite for sustainable mobility had never been greater.

He said that Alstom was well placed to deliver the widest range of smart solutions in the rail market, from innovative high-speed rolling stock, metros and trams to maintenance, modernisation, infrastructure and signalling.

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