Bombardier Workers 'Quite Upset' After Firm Misses Out on £1.5 Billion (US$2 Billion / CDN$2.6 Billion) Contract - The contract Has Gone to Siemens
Hitachi lost out on its joint bid with Bombardier - The contract has gone to Siemens
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June 15, 2018 19:25 UK - By Nick Reid
Union representatives have expressed their disappointment after Bombardier missed out on a £1.5 billion contract to build and design trains for the London Underground.
The Litchurch Lane firm had been part of a joint venture with Japanese manufacturer Hitachi to build 94 trains for the capital's Picadilly Line.
The contract, though, was awarded to Siemens, which is headquartered in Germany.
Although there are concerns about the impact the decision will have on Bombardier, experts feel it is not a make or break situation for the company.
David Jeffery, regional officer for Unite Union, said: "It is disappointing, as this project was part of the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme and this could have meant jobs in Derby, possibly for the next 20 years.
"I have spoken to some of the representatives this morning and they are quite upset, as it was a big project to miss out on, but there is still plenty of work in Derby that should take them up to 2020 and there is no immediate threat to jobs in the short term.
"They have a very skilled bid team and very skilled work force in Derby.
The latest decision allows Siemens to push ahead with plans to build a new factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, where it will manufacture and commission the trains...