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Garrandale Secures £15m Crossrail Contracts

CC BY 2.0 Annie MoleChamber member Garrandale has secured a series of major contracts from Bombardier to support the manufacture and entry into service of the brand new train fleet for London’s new underground railway, Crossrail.

After seeing off intense competition from mainland Europe and the Far East, the Derby-based engineering firm has been selected to supply:

  • All of the assembly and production line equipment for the construction of the trains
  • The front ends for every train set
  • The specialist train washing equipment at the new purpose-built Old Oak Common depot in west London.

The total value of the contracts is in the region of £15m.

Malcolm Prentice, Group Chief Executive Officer of Garrandale Group, said: “From the time the aluminium raw material reaches the factory at Derby until the trains actually go into service and are washed at the depot in west London, Garrandale will be part of every process. This win against fierce global competition is a tribute to the skills and record of the Garrandale team.”

Peter Doolin, Vice President, Project Management and head of Crossrail at Bombardier Transportation said: “Garrandale has proven once again that Derby and Derbyshire have the world class skills and the determination to deliver a flourishing rail sector far into the future. We congratulate Malcolm Prentice and the Garrandale team on succeeding through our tough procurement process.”

Transport Secretary and Derbyshire Dales MP the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin said: “My Department and Transport for London wanted to see the UK supply chain respond to the opportunities presented by the Crossrail fleet procurement, and Garrandale has done just that. The Government is committed to developing a highly-skilled, high-value rail technology sector in the UK with export potential, and both Bombardier and Garrandale are playing a big part in realising that vision”.

George Cowcher, Chief Executive of East Midlands Chamber, the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, said: "This is great news for Chamber member Garrandale, the city of Derby and the rail sector as a whole.

"Derby is home to the largest cluster of rail and rail-related companies in Europe and has established a global reputation in terms of skills, innovation and supply chain which other areas cannot match. It is companies like Garrandale which highlight the city's strengths and its rich history and heritage in this important manufacturing sector."