A £900m train order that once looked destined for Germany has been won by the Bombardier plant in Derby. A fleet of 90 commuter trains for the South West franchise will be built in Britain, in a boost for the country’s oldest train manufacturing site, one of only two left in the UK. The order for 750 Aventra carriages, similar to the trains being built for Cross rail’s Elizabeth Line and parts of the London Overground, is a boost to the Derby ...Read more
The Government has started a hunt for HS2 manufacturer. The £2.75 billion contract will be awarded in 2019 with the winning bidders going on to deliver a brand new fleet of up to 60 trains which will provide services capable of seating more than 1,000 passengers. The trains will be required to meet HS2's design and performance needs and international standards for passenger experience, noise reduction, and environmental sustainability, while maximising skills, employment and growth opportunities. The successful bidder will also maintain ...Read more
Last spring the UK experienced a growth in reshoring manufacturing, following the industry trend in North America. 18 months later, how has this evolved and what will be the impact of Brexit? Family-run, UK plastic injection moulding company Pentagon Plastics have continued to experience a resurgence in reshoring. Over the last year they have welcomed an increase in enquiries from customers that have previously used overseas suppliers. Paul Edwards, Managing Director, highlights that companies looking to bring their manufacturing back to the UK ...Read more
Reshoring got top billing a couple of years ago when Prime Minister of the day David Cameron launched a government-backed reshoring initiative. This saw UK Trade & Investment and the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS) form ‘Reshore UK’ (https://is.gd/dizale). That was January 2014 and the initiative is no longer; just like MAS. Today we have ‘Growth Hubs’ and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), but a search for ‘reshoring’ at the LEP network website (https://is.gd/zehipa) delivers no related returns. So it is left to small trade association ...Read more
The French train company Alstom is to build a new multimillion-pound plant in the north-west of England, delivering a major boost to the region during a time of uncertainty for the UK. Alstom will spend an initial £20m on a new site at Widnes, Cheshire, creating about 600 jobs. The facility will modernise the Pendolino trains on the west coast mainline and contain a training academy, but it could eventually manufacture new rolling stock if Alstom wins a contract to produce trains ...Read more
Uncertainty over the date when electrified trains will start running to Swansea is affecting potential investment, it has been claimed. Network Rail said electrification would arrive between 2019 and 2024, but the exact date was “to be confirmed”. The line is being electrified to speed up journey times from London to Wales.
Electrified trains were originally due to arrive in Cardiff by 2017 but that deadline has now been put back. Network Rail’s programme manager Anthea Dolman-Gair said that it had now ...Read more
A report from the National Audit Office has said the HS2 high-speed rail project faces major cost pressure and an unrealistic timetable. The NAO believes that the 2026 target opening date for the first phase was at risk despite making good progress. HS2 is still confident it can achieve all its goals. In 10 years’ time the phase linking London and the West Midlands is due to be completed. The next section, running to Crewe is due to open a year later ...Read more