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Blow For Uk As Siemens 'win £1.6M Thameslink Deal'

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There are reports tonight that the Thameslink contract to supply 1,140 new carriages has gone to Siemens, a German firm, not the Derby-based firm Bombardier - a big blow for UK manufacturers.

All this talk from our politicians about boosting manufacturing is complete bvllshit, and, the board at Bombardier are obviously out to lunch as this is as much a failure as an own goal.

How many layoffs can we expect from this?

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they're cheap....1000 carriages for £1.6m?

still, we get to do the banking...thats a job for at least 1 person and a terminal.

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Bombardier's a Canadian firm and employs far fewer people in the UK than Siemens.

Indeed. I had one of their crappy snowmobiles back in Mountie Land...decades ago.

But this is lost work for their UK division, nonetheless.

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Margaret Hodge's 'concern' over Thameslink delays

There has been a three-year delay trying to agree the £1.6 billion contract for trains. There is a risk the 2018 completion date will slip if negotiations with Siemens, the train provider, aren't concluded soon. I am concerned at this stage in the project, given the lengthy delays, that the department has left itself with little contingency should anything go wrong. It needs to plan ahead and make sure it avoids another West Coast Main Line-style fiasco.

– Chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge

They must think it's like in the supermarket - when it's gone it's gone. Buy now while stocks last.

It doesn't matter as the price will for sure double or treble etc before it's complete.

Edited by billybong

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