February 6, 2014 12:51 pm

Bombardier nets US$1.6B rail contract in England

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (4th R) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson (2nd R) are pictured during a visit to a Crossrail construction site underneath Tottenham Court Road in central London, on January 16, 2014. The Crossrail project, which is expected to be completed in 2018, will link Berkshire, west of London with Essex, east of London.

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MONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. is in line to get a US$1.6-billion contract to supply trains and a depot for London’s transportation system.

The British government announced Thursday that it intends to award a billion-pound contract to Bombardier, after a 10-day waiting period.

Under the deal, Bombardier’s rail division will supply 65 trains and a maintenance depot for Crossrail.

Bombardier confirmed it has been notified of the Crossrail decision and said its Aventra trains have been designed and developed in the U.K.

The trains will be manufactured and assembled at a Bombardier plant in Derby, England, a long-time centre of rail manufacturing.

Bombardier says it has 1,600 employees doing design, engineering and manufacturing work at its Derby location.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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