Bombardier win £188m contract for new Southern trains

Derby trainmaker Bombardier has been awarded a £188m contract from Southern for the construction of 130 new carriages.

The deal was part-funded with an £80m government subsidy.

The Department for Transport was criticised when it previously chose German rival Siemens instead of Bombardier as preferred bidder for the £1.4bn Thameslink rail contract.

It is hoped the new contract from Southern will help secure Bombardier’s future in Derby.

Bombardier announced 1,400 job cuts after losing out on the Thameslink deal in June.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: "This deal for more than 100 new carriages is great news for rail passengers and brilliant news for Bombardier and Derby. This deal, helped along by my department, shows my determination to invest in Britain’s railways."

Southern operates services in south London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

The new carriages will enter service from December 2013.

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