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Barton under Needwood rail depot looks set to have avoided job losses

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 26, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Bombardier Trains Central Rivers depot

Bombardier Trains Central Rivers depot

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BOSSES at a Burton train depot have announced plans to cut 1,800 jobs across its worldwide operations – but workers in the town look set to avoid the cull.

Bombardier announced it was cutting thousands of jobs as part of a major shake-up.

However, Bombardier's Central Rivers maintenance depot, in Barton under Needwood, and the 340 staff who work there appear to have been spared the worry of having their roles come under threat.

A spokesman for the firm said: "We are setting the stage to take full advantage of our investments and the tremendous growth potential of our new products."

Bosses in Barton will now have to report directly to Pierre Beaudoin, president and chief executive officer, as part of a restructure.

"This marks another step in Bombardier's evolution," said Mr Beaudoin.

Bombardier said a detailed implementation plan for the shake-up will be developed over the next few months, with the new structure in place on January 1, 2015.

It comes only weeks after the Mail revealed that jobs at the Barton depot had been safeguarded for the next five years after a new £103 million maintenance contract was secured.

Bosses inked a deal with Virgin Trains to extend the upkeep of its Super Voyager fleet operating on the UK's West Coast main line until March 2019.

The contract is worth £103 million and has secured the jobs of hundreds of workers for years to come.

Des McKeon, commercial director UK for Bombardier Transportation, spoke to the Mail about the news.

He said: "The further extension of this key contract endorses yet again the strong relationship that we have built with our customer, Virgin Trains.

"By the end of this extension we will have been successfully maintaining their trains for nearly 20 years, delivering excellent performance of the Voyager fleet on the prestigious West Coast route."

The news also comes only months after staff walked out in a row over shift patterns.

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