Bombardier targets acceleration

For Bombardier, 2020 was set to be a year of big milestones. Before the coronavirus crisis hit the country, the manufacturer was targeting the year as one in which it would make significant progress with its new Aventra fleets. Added to that was the announcement in February that Alstom had reached agreement to buy Bombardier’s Transportation division.

While the diversion of coronavirus is likely to affect some of these objectives, before the crisis hit Bombardier’s UK President Matt Byrne discussed developments since he took charge of the UK division last October.

Coats of many colours: vehicles from four different Aventra builds at Litchurch Lane on 6 March. At left, a Class 720 driving vehicle for Greater Anglia; in the centre a Class 345 vehicle for Crossrail heads a rake of ‘701’ carriages for SWR; and on the far right is a Class 710 driving car for London Overground.
Philip Sherratt


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