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British Train Making Under Threat

 
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:42 am    Post subject: British Train Making Under Threat Reply with quote

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The government has named a consortium led by German firm Siemens as its preferred bidder to build new train carriages for its Thameslink route.

Siemens beat competition from Bombardier, which runs the UK's last remaining train factory in Derby. The 6bn North-South cross-London Thameslink programme will require 1,200 new carriages. Siemens said it was delighted with the decision, while Bombardier said it was "extremely disappointed".


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13792510

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Yet again Government are trying to sell out the railways.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think the Government is trying to 'sell out the railways' but it is effectively sticking two fingers up to many skilled British workers

The Siemens contract price may seem attractive but that is to ignore the huge amount the Government will end up paying out in unemployment and other benefits should one of our last remaining railway workshops have to close through lack of orders

A very shortsighted decision in my humble opinion Sad
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