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Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016
The UK government today announced it has awarded the East Anglia franchise to Abellio East Anglia, who will operate the franchise starting October 2016. The franchise includes rolling stock and Abellio has selected Bombardier to supply British-built carriages. The contract is expected to be finalized within the next few weeks.
Richard Hunter, UK Managing Director at Bombardier Transportation said, “Being named preferred bidder for this significant order is a fantastic endorsement of our workforce and the quality of the products we design, engineer and manufacture here in the UK and will ensure a stable, long-term workload for our staff here in Derby. Our modern AVENTRA trains will provide passengers with greater connectivity, reliability and shorter journey times.”
As a rapidly growing metropolis, London is facing an increased demand for improved mobility and connectivity to its surrounding cities. Bombardier has been a key contributor in shaping the development of transportation in the UK and provides mobility solutions from metros to intercity trains as well as the full range of service and maintenance offerings. Bombardier remains committed to providing proven solutions along the rail industry value chain. This announcement reinforces Bombardier’s commitment to providing long term customer value to operators and passengers worldwide.