Alstom confirms rail merger talks with Siemens

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Credit: Alstom.
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French multi-national company Alstom has confirmed that discussions have taken place with Siemens over a potential merging of their rail businesses.

The statement was released following reports circulated in the media that Siemens had been talking to both Alstom and Canadian train company Bombardier.

Siemens Mobility includes all of the company’s rail activities, which includes its rolling stock, electrification and signalling businesses.


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A spokesperson for Alstom said: “Alstom confirms being in discussions with Siemens in connection with a possible combination of Alstom with Siemens Mobility Division.

“No final decision has been made, discussions are on-going and no agreement has been reached.

“Alstom will inform the public of any material developments in this respect.”

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Peter Stanton undertook, between 1968 and 1972, a ‘thin sandwich’ degree course at City University, London, sponsored by British Railways Midlands Region and with practical training at Crewe and Willesden.

In 1980, following a spell as Area Maintenance Engineer at King’s Cross, Peter took on the interesting and challenging role of being the Personal Assistant to the British Railways Board Member for Engineering. As such, he was project manager for several major inter-regional inter-functional schemes.

Under Railtrack, Peter became Engineering Manager for Infrastructure Contracts, based in Birmingham, and then Electrification and Plant specialist for the West Coast Route Modernisation under Network Rail.

Since 2007, as an independent consultant, he has worked on the national electrification programme, Dubai Metro Red Line, Network Rail Crossrail, and Great Western Electrification. He sits on the Railway Technical Advisory panel of the IET and the Conference and Seminars Committee of the Railway Division of the IMechE.

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