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Siemens withdraws from Crossrail rolling stock contest

Siemens has said it ‘will not be proceeding further’ in the competition to build new trains for Crossrail.

In a statement, the German train manufacturer said that the decision to withdraw was ‘a strategic decision that has been taken based on current business activity levels’.

The announcement follows confirmation last week that Siemens would be supplying the new Thameslink trains – two years after the company was announced as the preferred bidder.

“Crossrail is a very large project and, since first undertaking our initial assessment of capacity and deliverability, Siemens has won multiple additional order[s],” Siemens said in an announcement today (July 5).

“To pursue another project of this scale could impact our ability to deliver our current customer commitments – something we believe would not be a responsible course of action.

“We remain fully committed to ensuring the success of the Crossrail project through the continued delivery of the signalling and communications / control systems through Siemens rail automation business.”


  1. So Bombardier are the proffered bidders to build the new Crossrail trains as Siemens are planning to build the new Desiro City trains for Thameslink.


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