Bombardier set to go for Burton

by Jerry Frank

Bombardier Transportation, the Canadian rail engineering group, has picked a site near Burton-on-Trent for a £30m depot to service Virgin Trains’ CrossCountry Voyager and Super-Voyager fleet.

Work is due to start this month on the 29-acre Barton-under-Needwood site, which will house a 216,000 sq ft maintenance building with heavy repair and train fuelling shed. Designers have built in capacity to expand the depot to offer maintenance services to other train operators. More than 250 jobs are planned, and completion is due by the end of the year in time for the introduction of the first of the 78 new train units by 2001.

Mike Yeoman, vice-president of maintenance services, said: `We are delighted to have agreed a deal for this site which will be good for Bombardier Transportation and good for the local economy and job creation.’