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Charles visits Derbyshire train-maker

The Prince of Wales got the chance to drive a train at the Bombardier plant as part of a visit to Derbyshire to support British manufacturing.

Charles spent more than an hour at the site in Litchurch Lane, Derby, where he was given the chance to see the full scope of the manufacturing process, including the design, construction and test areas.

He chatted to staff including engineers, designers, project and manufacturing team members who seemed in high spirits following recent news that the short-term future of the plant, which employs some 1,600 people, is secure.

Bombardier lost a lucrative 1.6bn contract to build trains for the Thameslink route through London, when the Government awarded the work to German rival Siemens last year. Around 1,000 contractors and 200 permanent staff have been laid off at Derby since the Thameslink decision, leaving a workforce of just under 1,600.

Ask yourselves a question would the Germans have given a contract to Bombardier in similar circumastances? No, most certainly not!

Chris Sabian, Peak District View - 2012-02-26 01:44:48

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