Bombardier signs £105m Aventra deal with c2c

Photo: Bombardier.
Photo: Bombardier.

Bombardier has announced a contract worth £105 million (∼€120 million) with Porterbrook and train operator c2c for the supply of 60 Aventras.

The new electric trains – configured into 10 six-car trains – will be built at Bombardier’s Derby facility and delivered by September 2021. The deal also includes eight years of maintenance.

Bombardier Transportation’s UK managing director Richard Hunter said that the Aventras are proving to be “ever more popular” following orders with Crossrail, London Overground, Greater Anglia, South Western Railway and West Midlands Trains.

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He added: “This important contract win demonstrates Bombardier is the first choice when it comes to delivering high quality, transportation products and services, and value-adding long-term solutions for our customers.

“It’s yet another endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer, manufacture and service in the UK.”

RMT union welcomed the news, which comes days after Bombardier confirmed the order for 333 new trains from West Midlands Trains.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said it was also good news for its members working at Bombardier’s factory in Derby.

He added: “The new contracts will provide safeguards and job security to directly employed staff along with a lifeline to the many hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs within the supply chain.”

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