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BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - December 28, 2011) - Bombardier Transportation today announced that it has secured an additional order for 130 BOMBARDIER ELECTROSTAR cars for Southern. The new trains will augment Southern's existing fleet of Bombardier's award winning electric multiple units. The contract is valued at GBP 189 million GBP (approx EUR 227 million euro / $ 296 million US).


"We are delighted to be awarded this contract by Southern. This is a significant project which emphasises the performance of Bombardier's products in the UK," said Paul Roberts, Chief Country Representative and President of Bombardier Transportation, Services UK and Passenger Fleet Management Service Line. "These vehicles have a proven track record for their excellent reliability and environmental performance which will now benefit many additional passengers in London and the South East. The new trains will be manufactured in the UK with initial production commencing in the latter half of 2012."


Bombardier has a wealth of experience in aluminium train production in the UK, with almost 2,000 ELECTROSTAR electric multiple unit cars produced and in service. The ELECTROSTAR has won numerous awards for its reliability and availability with a variety of operators.


The ELECTROSTAR train is a well proven product providing services for a number of train operators in the UK including c2c, Southeastern and Southern. More recently, ELECTROSTAR-type trains have also been purchased by Transport for London to provide the "London Overground" services on East London Line and North London Railway and by National Express East Anglia to provide services to and from Stansted Airport. The prestigious Gautrain new railway in Johannesburg, South Africa also operates ELECTROSTAR trains.


Chris Burchell, Southern Managing Director said, "The contract with Bombardier supports our commitment to the Department for Transport's High Level Output Specification for railways (HLOS) enabling us to provide additional capacity, performance and safety to all our passengers."


"Following a competitive tender process, we found that the Bombardier solution could meet our challenging delivery timetable, was affordable and also offered compatibility with our existing fleet."


Bombardier in the UK


In the UK's rail transportation industry, Bombardier is the leader in the manufacture and maintenance of rolling stock and is the only remaining train builder in the country. Bombardier Transportation has people at production facilities in Derby and Plymouth and 15 maintenance and overhaul centres across the UK. Bombardier is contracted to service 5,200 vehicles in Great Britain.


About Bombardier Transportation


Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.


About Bombardier


A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2011, were $17.9 billion, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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