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U.K. Picks Siemens, Hitachi, Bombardier, CAF For Crossrail Bids

February 28, 2012

The U.K. government has asked four bidders to submit proposals to supply about 60 new trains and build a depot in west London for the city’s Crossrail project.

The companies selected are Bombardier Inc. (BBD/B), Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles SA (CAF), Hitachi Ltd. (6501) and Siemens AG (SIE), Crossrail said in a statement on its website.

Bidders must demonstrate a “responsible procurement” policy, setting out how they will provide opportunities for training and work with small-to-medium-sized businesses, Transport Secretary Justine Greening told lawmakers today.

Bombardier, which operates Britain’s last train factory, has cut job after losing out to Germany’s Siemens in a previous tender. The government changed the procurement guidelines following a political outcry.

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