Train deal will hit other firms


Your readers may have heard about Bombardier, the Derby based train maker, being under threat of closure. But they may not have realised this could affect them as well.

It follows a Government decision to appoint Siemens as the preferred bidder for the contract to build new trains for the Thameslink line. The problem is Siemens will build those trains in Germany and that will result in local companies like Bowers Electrical Ltd, Chemac Lubricants, E Parry Electricals Inst Ltd, East Midlands Construction Ltd, Forbo Flooring UK Ltd, KL Automotive, PMB Pallet Express Ltd, Shepherd Hydraulics losing orders from Bombardier. If that happens some of your readers could lose their jobs.

I have been leading a campaign to persuade the Government to change its decision and have been seeking the support of fellow MPs. Your readers can assist the campaign by asking their MP to sign my parliamentary petition (EDM 2059).

Bombardier is the UK’s last remaining train-maker and unless the Government changes its decision, it could be the end of the line for British built trains. Such an outcome would be a sad irony as it was Great Britain that gave the world the railways. But if we can secure the support of enough MPs from all sides of the House of Commons, including Nigel Mills we can still save this crucial industry.

Chris Williamson

MP for Derby North