Improvements underground

Bombardier has received contracts worth £3.4 billion from Metronet for the supply of rolling stock, signalling, maintenance and project management for the modernisation of London’s Underground system.

Bombardier Transportation has received contracts from Metronet for the supply of rolling stock, signalling, maintenance and project management for the modernisation of London’s Underground system. The value of the contracts is approximately £3.4 billion over 15 years.

The turnkey contracts are said to include the project management and the supply of 1,738 metro cars and new signalling systems for the Victoria Line and Sub-Surface Lines (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and East London), together with the maintenance of the rolling stock.

In the early stages of the project, Bombardier will commence re-signalling work, refurbish the existing District Line rolling stock and build two pre-production trains for the Victoria Line. The new metro car fleets will be built in Bombardier’s facility in Derby, United Kingdom, between 2008 and 2015.

Metronet was established in June 1999, initially as a consortium. Its five equal partners include Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Bombardier Transportation, SEEBOARD and Thames Water.

In the first seven-and-a-half years of the 30 year Public Private Partnership (PPP), Metronet will invest over £7 billion upgrading, replacing and maintaining the infrastructure of the Bakerloo, Victoria, Central and Waterloo & City Lines as well as the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and East London sub-surface lines.

‘The new trains will be built and maintained in the UK and will bring a secure and long term workload for our Derby site,’ said Pierre Lortie, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier Transportation. ‘We have extensive experience in successfully managing and implementing projects of this nature and we look forward to bringing this expertise to bear, for the long-term benefit of the city of London.’

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