- HRH Duke of Cambridge, test drove a train and met employees during official visit
to Bombardier’s Derby manufacturing site
London, November 30, 2016 – Employees of Bombardier’s manufacturing site in Derby today
welcomed His Royal Highness (HRH),The Duke of Cambridge, on his first official visit to the county of
Derbyshire. His Royal Highness spent around an hour at Bombardier’s site where he met with
employees, as well as local officials, and had the opportunity to test drive one of the new trains being
delivered for Transport for London’s Elizabeth line – named this year in honour of Her Majesty’s reign.
His visit was hosted by Richard Hunter, Managing Director of Bombardier Transportation UK.
“We are honouredto have had HRH, The Duke of Cambridge visit our site today. The occasion allowed
us to showcase this facility, our highly skilled and motivated people as well as the high quality trains
they produce in the UK”, said Hunter.“Bombardier’s UK organisation, including our Derby site, has a full
and unparalleled capacity to design, develop, manufacture and service the trains that keep the UK
During his visit,His Royal Highness was given a site tour and inspected the company’s assembly of
Elizabeth line trains, where he met manufacturing, welding and painting apprentices who work on the
site and are part of Bombardier’s Apprentice Programme. The Duke also enjoyed an opportunity to test
drive one of the latest-generation BOMBARDIERAVENTRA trains that Bombardier is supplying for
operation on the Elizabeth line. Other major orders for Bombardier’s AVENTRA product family have
also recently been received from London Overground and Abellio Greater Anglia.
Bombardier’s Derby site is the only one that both designs and manufactures trains in the United
Kingdom and is a global centre of excellence for rail engineering and aluminium train
manufacture.Bombardier Transportation in the UK is a complete provider of railway solutions,
designing, building, testing and commissioning new rolling stock and signaling solutions, as well as
providing a comprehensive maintenance and diagnostic service for rolling stock and railway
Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology and offers the broadest portfolio in the industry. It covers the full spectrum of rail solutions, ranging from trains to sub-systems and signalling. The company also provides complete transport systems, e-mobility technology and maintenance
services. As an innovation driver, Bombardier Transportation continuously breaks new ground in sustainable mobility. It provides integrated solutions that create substantial benefits for operators, passengers and the environment. Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, Bombardier Transportation employs around 39,400 people and its products and services operate in over 60 countries.
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