Stoke & Staffordshire

Bombardier wins Virgin Trains maintenance contract

A £103m deal has been struck to continue maintaining part of Virgin Trains' West Coast Main Line fleet in Staffordshire.

It follows news of the an extension to Virgin's franchise on the line extended until March 2017.

Bombardier has maintained Virgin's 20 Super Voyager trains in Burton upon Trent for a number of years and has now agreed a new deal until March 2019.

The firm said it would safeguard some 340 jobs at the depot.

Des McKeon, commercial director UK for Bombardier Transportation, said by the end of the contract the firm will have maintained trains for Virgin for almost 20 years.

On Thursday, Virgin announced it would spend £35m to update trains and £20m to modernise stations along the West Coast Main Line.

In February, Derby-based Bombardier signed a £1bn deal to provide trains for London's Crossrail scheme.

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