Bombardier nabs $1.6B British rail transport contract

The British government announced Thursday that it intends to award a billion-pound contract to Bombardier, after a 10-day waiting period.

Bombardier will supply 65 trains and a maintenance depot for London's Crossrail

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, second right, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, second left, visit a Crossrail construction site underneath Tottenham Court Road in central London, on Thursday Jan. 16, 2014. The Crossrail project, which is expected to be completed in 2018, will link Berkshire, west of London with Essex, east of London. (Ben Stansall/AP)

Bombardier Inc. is in line to get a $1.6-billion US contract to supply trains and a depot for London's transportation system.

The British government announced Thursday that it intends to award a billion-pound contract to Bombardier, after a 10-day waiting period.

Under the deal, Bombardier's rail division will supply 65 trains and a maintenance depot for Crossrail.

Bombardier confirmed it has been notified of the Crossrail decision and said its Aventra trains have been designed and developed in the U.K.

The trains will be manufactured and assembled at a Bombardier plant in Derby, England, a long-time centre of rail manufacturing.

Bombardier says it has 1,600 employees doing design, engineering and manufacturing work at its Derby location.

The U.K. transportation department said the contract will support 760 manufacturing jobs and 80 apprenticeships, with about 74 per cent of the money to remain in the British economy.

Construction of the maintenance depot at Old Oak Common will support 244 jobs, plus 16 apprenticeships.