Anger over decision to award multi-million UK train contract to Spain

LAST UPDATED: 3 Feb, 2016 @ 23:25

RAIL union workers in Britain are all steamed up after a Spanish company won a €645 million contract to build trains for northern England.

Trains-ArrivaUK firm Bombardier was reportedly bidding for the deal to make 281 vehicles for Arriva Rail North, but the contract went to CAF.

The 100 mph electric and diesel trains will replace outdated stock.

Mick Cash, General Secretary of RMT said: “This is yet another kick in the teeth to train building, in the nation that gave the railways to the world.

“At a time when manufacturing jobs and the steel industry in Britain are under the cosh it is nothing short of scandalous that this contract has been sent overseas.”

An Arriva spokesperson said: “CAF provided the best value-for-money offer in response to our requirements.”


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