United Kingdom
East Midlands; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; Derby
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Other Transport Equipment
30 - Manufacture of other transport equipment

750 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 December 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Canadian manufacturer Bombardier is to cut 560 jobs at Britain's only remaining train manufaturing plant in Derby. A spokeswoman for Bombardier in the UK maintained the latest job cuts were a "worst-case scenario" and would only go ahead if it was unsuccessful in winning new export orders from South Africa and Ireland.

The workforce of the Derby plant will fall by a third to 1,386. There will also be 165 redundancies in Ilford, where Bombardier maintains its trains, taking the total cuts in Britain to 750. The Montreal-based group is shedding 2,200 transport jobs worldwide.

Bombardier's French competitor, Alstom, closed its UK plant at Washwood Heath, Birmingham, this year with the loss of 1,000 jobs.


  • 2 December 2004: The Independent
  • 2 December 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), Bombardier, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60799, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60799.