Bombardier Transportation is delighted to announce that it has been awarded two significant contracts from the UK operator First Great Western, part of FirstGroup plc, the leading transport company. The first order, worth $100 million US (£53 million) is for the renovation of 405 high speed train (HST) trailer cars to be used by the operator on their premier services between London, Bristol, South Wales, the Cotswolds and the West of England. This renewal work, to include an extensive interior refresh and an exterior repaint, will be carried out across two of Bombardier’s sites in the U.K., Derby and Ilford. Bombardier’s new refurbishment centre at Derby will complete the majority of this work, a total of 294 cars. The remaining 111 coaches will be refreshed at Ilford. Delivery of the completed units will commence in November 2006, with all the vehicles renewed by the end of 2007.
The second contract, at a value of up to $160 million US (£85 million) is for HST bogie overhaul and technical development work, to be undertaken throughout the life of the new Great Western franchise, for up to ten years. This work will be carried out at Bombardier’s site in Crewe in the UK.
Commenting on the announcement, Colin Walton, Chief Country Representative, U.K. said: “This win is excellent news for our workforces at Derby, Ilford and Crewe. Our employees will ensure that First Great Western receives a first class service from Bombardier.”
Rik Dobbelaere, President, Services, Bombardier Transportation, added: “We have created a state-of-the-art specialist refurbishment centre at Derby and this renewal work is further proof of our leadership and expertise in this area. The bogie overhaul contract confirms the quality of the bogie work that we have carried out in partnership with First Group over the past decade. We are looking forward to continuing to enhance the product, improving fleet reliability and performance.”
Alison Forster, Managing Director, First Great Western said: “This work is part of a wider investment commitment made by First Great Western and is good news for our customers. We are delighted to be working with Bombardier and we are looking forward to seeing improved levels of passenger comfort and train reliability.”
Bombardier Transportation provides a global support network for its products, with employees working closely in conjunction with its customers in 70 locations world-wide. The complete service portfolio includes full train and fleet maintenance, materials and logistics programs, plus the refurbishment, re-engineering and overhaul of systems, vehicles and components.
In the UK’s rail transportation industry, Bombardier is a leader in the manufacturing, refurbishment and maintenance of rolling stock, with a workforce of over 4,000 people. It has production facilities in Derby and Plymouth, with employees based at 24 maintenance, refurbishment and overhaul centres across the UK, at which Bombardier currently maintains approximately 2500 vehicles.
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of approximately 97,000 cars and locomotives, primarily in Europe, the world’s largest rail market. The company 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, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006, were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
About First Great Western
First Great Western provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, carrying more than 70 million passengers every year across the Greater Western rail franchise area, which includes South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, and large parts of Southern England.
First Great Western is part of FirstGroup plc, the country's largest train operator, the UK's biggest bus operator and the second largest provider of yellow school bus services in the United States. First has the clear vision to 'Transform Travel' and become the number one public transport provider.
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