Bombardier held a formal opening ceremony last week to celebrate the completion of its £12 million Crossrail testing and commissioning facility in Derby.
The 10,000 square metre site has been built to support the production of 66 new Aventra trains for the Crossrail route, recently renamed the Elizabeth line.
The facility has four 250-metre train roads capable of accommodating the nine-car Elizabeth line Class 345 EMUs.
Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, attended the opening on May 13. He said: “I am delighted to open this new testing and commissioning facility in Derby, which will ensure passengers benefit from cutting edge trains with improved capacity and comfort.
“The government is making a record investment in our railways and it is fantastic to see firms such as Bombardier, who are delivering a £1 billion contract for Crossrail as well as London Overground, make the most of the opportunities this brings.
“This new facility will help secure jobs in Derby, at the heart of the UK rail industry, and help to drive the Midlands engine for growth.”
Richard Hunter, managing director, Bombardier Transportation UK, added: “This new £12 million facility is one of the biggest investments in the history of our Derby site and ‘V’ Shop (as the finished test facility will be known) will be a fundamental part of both our current projects and future train builds, enhancing our ability to deliver all the stages of a new train product from a single UK site.
“It increases our capacity to deliver high volume orders within short timescales, ensuring we meet the future requirements of the UK market.”