The future for Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane works looks brighter this year after it secured an additional order for 130 Electrostar cars for Southern.
The new trains will beef up Southern’s existing fleet and the contract is valued at £189 million.
‘We are delighted to be awarded this contract by Southern. This is a significant project which emphasises the performance of Bombardier’s products in the UK,’ said Paul Roberts of Bombardier Transportation UK.
‘These vehicles have a proven track record for their excellent reliability and environmental performance which will now benefit many additional passengers in London and the South East. The new trains will be manufactured in the UK with initial production commencing in the latter half of 2012.’
Bombardier Transportation has people at production facilities in Derby and Plymouth and 15 maintenance and overhaul centres across Britain.