In response to the Government’s announcement on new train carriages, a spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies, said:
“New carriages and more seats will be welcomed by passengers on routes where overcrowding is an issue at busy times of the day.
“The plans won’t just benefit passengers in London, as carriages released from the Thameslink route will help to tackle overcrowding outside of the capital.
“It’s good news that ministers recognise the importance of sustained and targeted investment in Britain’s railways at a time when public finances are under pressure. The railways are attracting record numbers of passengers, and demand is expected to double over the coming decades.”
The RMT however, say the order is a ‘massive kick in the teeth for Bombardier and called the contract a ‘betrayal’.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“Despite the way that this announcement has been dressed up it is a massive kick in the teeth for Bombardier and a total betrayal of the workforce in Derby who have the skills and capacity to build this stock.
“Instead we are being fobbed off with a deal which will only create a minimal number of component jobs in Tyne and Wear with the trains themselves built in Germany.
“This is another bitter blow for train building in the UK which will further erode this country’s manufacturing skills base.”