Crossrail's £1bn contract secures British jobs

London’s £1bn Crossrail contract has been given to Bombardier, a Canadian firm that has a manufacturing base in the UK.

Crossrail, a train line set to run through the capital from east to west when it opens in 2017, will use 65 trains which will all be built in Derby. This will support 760 British manufacturing jobs and 80 apprentices.

Bombardier beat Hitachi from Japan and Spanish firm CAF to be awarded the contract. This comes after the contract for the most recent London rail project, Thameslink, was awarded to a German company.

Transport union RMT’s secretary Bob Crow said: “This is a fantastic and deserved result, coming after a long-running campaign led by RMT and the local community in Derby in the wake of the Thameslink fleet shambles, which will go a long way to saving the future of train building in the nation that gave the railways to the world.”

Crossrail trains will have air conditioning, inter-connecting walk-through carriages and on-train passenger information systems which will offer real-time travel information to help passengers plan their journey.

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “The Crossrail project is now rolling on full-steam ahead. The manufacture of these new trains will not only revolutionise rail travel in London, they will deliver jobs and economic growth in their birthplace in Derby and across the UK.”

Crossrail map:

Crossrail map

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