Bombardier’s Derby based factory to supply 90 new trains to South Western Railway and 660 new carriages for Abellio Greater Anglia

October 2017
  • Major deals safeguard 2,500 jobs at the 140-year-old Derby site.
  • A fleet of 90 new trains to be supplied to South Western Railway. New trains, fitted with Wi-Fi and charging points, will deliver 46% more seats at peak commuter times.
  • 660 new carriages are being manufactured for Abellio to improve passengers East Anglia service.

Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane factory has made trains since 1876 and forms an important part of the economy in the East Midlands. Two hugely successful deals have helped to safeguard 2,500 jobs at the company’s Derby factory, manufacturing 90 trains for South Western Railways and a fleet of 660 carriages for Abellio.

South Western Railways’ contract to supply 90 commuter trains looked destined for Germany but the rail company opted for the Derby-based supplier. The deal worth just under £900m will give the British economy a boost and helped safeguard skilled jobs at the country’s oldest train manufacturing site, one of only two left in the UK.

The new 90 commuter train fleet for South Western Railway will mean 46% more seats at peak commuter times on the suburban routes to London Waterloo. The new fleet will be able to run at 100mph, will be more energy efficient and will help reduce journey times. Passengers will also benefit from free Wi-Fi, at-seat charging points, real-time information screens, air conditioning, and wider gangways and doors for quicker boarding. The trains will be rolled out from mid-2019 and will all be in service by December 2020. The trains will run on the Windsor, Reading and west London suburban routes.

Abellio have also ordered from the Derby site to supply a whole new fleet of carriages to improve East Anglia services. As a result of Abellio winning the East Anglia rail contract until 2025 the company are investing £1.4bn to improve services. A significant part of this investment is the £1bn deal with Bombardier’s Derby factory to manufacture 660 carriages for a new East Anglia fleet.

Abellio’s £1.4bn investment pledge will improve services between London’s Liverpool Street and stations in the east of England including Norwich, Cambridge and Stansted airport. These improvements promise to cut journey times by 10%, improve operational performance and install free Wi-Fi on trains and at stations.

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