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Bombardier Transportation Wins UK Rolling Stock Contract

July 31, 2013 Berlin Transportation,  Press Release

  • UK train operator Southern Railway orders 116 cars with an option for a further 140

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won a contract for new rolling stock from Southern Railway, which provides services in London and the south east of England. A Spares Supply Agreement has also been signed which will allow Bombardier to support the new trains when they enter service. The contracts have a total value of approximately £180 million GBP (206 million euro, $274 million US). 

The new cars will be designed and manufactured at Bombardier’s Derby facility. The vehicles will initially be used on the Thameslink route and in the longer term will be cascaded onto other routes. The rolling stock contract includes an option for 140 additional vehicles which, if exercised, would bring the total number of vehicles ordered to 256 and the total value of the order to approximately £385 million GBP (441 million euro, $585 million US).

Bombardier will supply Southern with the latest version of the BOMBARDIER ELECTROSTAR family of electrical multiple units, capable of 110 mph operation. The ELECTROSTAR has a well proven track record for reliability and environmental performance and is in daily passenger service with other UK train operators, including c2c, Southeastern, London Overground, and Stansted Express. The Gautrain railway in Johannesburg, South Africa, also operates ELECTROSTAR trains.

Over 800 Bombardier trains serve London every day, supported by 700 employees on
12 sites. This is the latest in a series of contract wins and successful projects for the company in London. On the Underground, Bombardier delivered the Victoria Line upgrade project on time and under budget, and is in the process of delivering upgraded trains for the sub-surface lines.  Bombardier has also delivered all the new rolling stock for the London Overground service, and provides a maintenance service for those trains at Transport for London’s New Cross Gate depot. During the London 2012 Olympics, Bombardier maintenance teams and support functions worked around the clock to deliver increased reliability and ensure that Bombardier trains on nine key routes serving London were able to meet the unprecedented demand from the record number of passengers travelling on the network. 

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. With over 3,200 people employed at eight Bombardier sites and 31 customer locations across the UK, Bombardier has delivered, or has on order, more than 60 per cent of the UK's existing fleet and currently maintains around 40 per cent of the UK's rolling stock. Bombardier has over 50 years’ experience in providing the latest signalling technology to the UK rail network.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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