Bombardier to build new test facility for Crossrail trains

Gleeds has been appointed by Bombardier to project manage the construction of a new test and validation workshop in Derby.

Crossrail AventraThe facility will be built at Bombardier’s Derby site, which is celebrating its 175th birthday this year, and will aid in the delivery of the £1 billion Crossrail train order.

In March, Gleeds was awarded a separate contract from Bombardier for the redevelopment of London’s Old Oak Common Depot for which construction is expected to begin in August.

Richard Steer, Gleeds’ chairman, said: “As capital is released for infrastructure improvements there is a greater emphasis on ensuring that the right level of investment is made at the front end, lowering long-term maintenance costs and thereby improving end user experience.

“We have always worked with our clients to drive value and efficiency, which is why we are responding by investing in specialist rail expertise and developing collaborative relationships with prestigious clients like Bombardier.”