Bombardier awarded London Crossrail bid for 65 Aventra trains

The trains will be built at Bombardier's Litchurch Lane facility in Derby, retaining up to 760 UK manufacturing jobs.

LONDON – Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT) says it will award a contract to Bombardier Transportation for up to 65 new trains and a new depot for the massive Crossrail public transport project in London, but the contract is subject to a 10 day standstill period.

The contract covers the supply, delivery and maintenance of Bombardier’s Aventra trains and a depot at Old Oak Common.

The new Aventra trains will be built at Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane manufacturing facility in Derby. The contract will retain up to 760 UK manufacturing jobs plus 80 apprenticeships.

“This decision is a credit to the efforts of our entire workforce in the UK, including our 1,600 strong Derby-based design, engineering and manufacturing team,” said Francis Paonessa, managing director of Bombardier Transportation UK.

The nine-car Aventra trains, which are the successor to the company’s Electrostar EMU, are lighter and designed to be more efficient thanks to an all-welded, wider body. The trains will be 200 m long and carry up to 1,500 passengers.

Crossrail will be a 118-kilometre (including 42-kilometres of new tunnels) railway line serving London and its environs in the UK. It is currently Europe’s largest infrastructure and transportation project and is expected to be completed by 2018, linking parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, via central London, to Essex and South East London.

Berlin-based Bombardier Transportation has an installed base of more than 100,000 rail vehicles in over 60 countries. It is a subsidiary of the Bombardier, the Montreal-based aerospace and transportation giant.