Southern awards £188.8m contract


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SOUTHERN railways has announced a £188.8m contract has been awarded for new carriages to be built.

Canadian train manufacturer Bombardier, which has a factory in Derby, will build 130 new Electrostar carriages to provide more capacity on Southern’s network.

The new carriages will be used on Southern’s routes into Victoria, including services from Portsmouth Harbour.

The new trains will be manufactured in the UK, with production starting towards the end of 2012.

Southern managing director Chris Burchell said: ‘We are delighted that we have found a way that will enable us to provide vitally-needed extra capacity for so many of our passengers.’