Engineering and Manufacturing

Bombardier Transportation is the UK's leading rail engineering and manufacturing company. Our design, engineering and manufacturing teams produce a comprehensive range of rail equipment, from signalling and rolling stock to complete transportation systems.

Engineering 

Bombardier Transportation employs over 1000 engineers in its rolling stock Atlantic and Services division, with over 350 engineers of this skilled team based in the UK.  

These world-leading engineers work across a broad range of disciplines in train design, from rolling stock conception to the complete range of sub-systems, encompassing bogies and electronics. The highly prized team is involved in projects both in and beyond the UK, supporting rail innovations throughout the world, from São Paulo’s INNOVIA monorail system to the TWINDEXX double deck train technology for Switzerland. Bombardier’s UK engineering team has also worked on the design of the new V300 ZEFIRO high-speed train for Trenitalia, the Italian state-owned railway, a train that will become the fastest in Europe when it enters service.

The continuous development and competency of our expert UK engineers is a strategic priority for Bombardier, so much so that we have a well-established technical career path from developing graduate engineers to recognised experts at a site, division, Bombardier and then industry-level. We also use recognised independent organisations such as INCOSE, the International Council of Systems Engineering, to validate the competency, learning and development programmes as well as the engineers themselves.

Since September 2012, we have been bringing together our engineering expertise to develop the new AVENTRA EMU platform for the UK. We currently have over 100 engineers working on the project together with our procurement, manufacturing and maintenance staff to develop a train with the lowest weight, energy and maintenance costs and high reliability. This includes at least a 40% reduction in maintenance costs compared to the ELECTROSTAR and significant reductions in energy consumption.

Manufacturing

Our Derby operation in Litchurch Lane is Bombardier’s global centre of excellence in aluminum train technology, forming an integrated works where trains are designed as well as assembled. In addition to being a worldwide centre of excellence for aluminum body design, this site is globally recognized for its development of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, systems integration and human factors/ergonomics. 

Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane factory is the UK’s leading and longest-standing train manufacturing site and is recognized as the most efficient train factory in Bombardier’s global network.

Formerly the Derby Carriage and Wagon Works, Bombardier’s rail vehicle manufacturing site in Derby was founded in 1876 by the Midland Railway and has a proud heritage of providing the UK’s trains. In more recent years it has delivered over 60% of the UK’s modern era fleet.

Today, up to four production lines turn out trains for national railway operators as well as metro trains for London Underground.

The trains being delivered from the Derby manufacturing facility have recorded world record breaking reliability statistics.

For example, London’s Victoria line trains for London Underground are the most reliable metro trains in the world – having travelled the equivalent distance of twice round the world without a mechanical fault.

This exceptional approach to quality involves a highly trained workforce, an integration of manufacturing systems and quality controls to deliver vehicles built to perfect specification.

Rail Control Solutions

The engineers at our Rail Control Solutions business based in Plymouth have been evolving signalling technology for the past 50 years, and today the site focuses on the manufacture of railway signalling products for the UK and worldwide markets.

The product portfolio includes EBI Track wayside systems, world-leading European Rail Traffic Management System products, as well as EBI Gate Level crossings and telemetry systems.