Bombardier Transportation signed an 85 million euros ($115 million US) contract with Southern Railway and Porterbrook Leasing Limited for 48 additional Electrostar cars. The contract follows the recent decision by the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) to commission the purchase of the cars to ease overcrowding on Southern and Thameslink services in the UK. The new vehicles will be delivered by January 2009.
Colin S Walton, Chairman of Bombardier Transportation in the UK, said: “I am delighted with this order for new Electrostars. This has enabled us to switch our Electrostar production line back on, which is good news for our Derby site and for our suppliers. We see a very strong future for the Electrostar product both here in the UK and overseas. The additional Electrostars for Southern will form part of the solution to overcrowding on trains in the South of England”.
The award winning Electrostar is a well proven product, with over 1,600 vehicles already in service with three operators in the UK, c2c, Southeastern and Southern. Electrostar-type trains were also ordered in 2006 by Transport for London for the “London Overground” services for East London Line and North London Railway. The prestigious Gautrain new railway in South Africa will also operate Electrostar trains, which will showcase for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Electrostar is a trademark of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
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About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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