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Bombardier to create 1,000 jobs through £1 bn Crossrail contract

13 Mar 14  | Recruitment News
  Thousands of manufacturing and engineering jobs are expected to be created by Bombardier after the Canadian-based firm was awarded the £1 billion Crossrail contract. The Department for Transport (DfT) and Transport for London has commissioned Bombardier to build and maintain 65 new trains for a high frequency, high capacity railway to connect London and the South East.

Telegraph.co.uk says the contract will also include the construction of a new maintenance depot at Old Oak Common, west London, which will support 244 jobs and at least 16 apprenticeships whilst in development. Once the plans have been finished, it will require around 80 full-time staff to keep it running.

What TfL has called the largest infrastructure project in Europe will be housed at Bombardier's plant in Derbyshire. This is where most of the 1,000 jobs and 100 apprenticeships will be based.

Furthermore, with Crossrail due to open in 2018, Bombardier could start hiring as soon as this year.

Commenting on the news, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The manufacture of these new trains will not only revolutionise rail travel in London, they will deliver jobs and economic growth in their birthplace in Derby and across the UK."

Cited by thecourier.co.uk, he added that now Bombardier has been commissioned to oversee the plans, London is firmly on track to welcome a "world-class" railway service.

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