Commenting on today’s Government announcement that Derby-based Bombardier had won the £1billion Crossrail contract, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive David Ralph said: “The awarding of the Crossrail contract to Bombardier in Derby should recognise the joint efforts of the business community and civic leaders in its campaign to support rail manufacturing in the city.
“They have worked tirelessly over the past two years, including making challenging decisions and developing the Rail Training Centre, to secure this contract. It is this response that has helped turned heads of Government back towards UK manufacturing and, specifically, the importance of UK rail design and manufacturing at Derby.
“Transport Engineering and Services – planes, trains and automobiles – is one of the key sectors identified in the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan. Securing this project was at the top of our list of priorities and is great news for the city, for the company and the supply chain.
“Sustaining rail design and manufacturing in Derby was at the forefront of the challenge to deliver 55,000 new jobs over the next ten years. Today’s announcement is excellent news.”