TfL awards £6.5m contract to refurbish and fit Piccadilly line train motors

21 October 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Transport for London (TfL) awards £6.5 million contract to Loughborough based manufacturer Brush Traction to refurbish and fit train motors on the Piccadilly line.

TfL awards contract to refurbish and fit Piccadilly line train motors

left to right are: Tom Guy, Business Unit Manager at Brush Traction, Nick Brown Managing Director at London Underground, Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough

Announced by London Underground’s Managing Director, Nick Brown during a visit to the factory floor, the £6.5 million contract will see Brush Traction, a subsidiary of Wabtec Rail Group, work on repairing and fitting train motors for the Piccadilly line which sees around 200 million passenger journeys per year. The Piccadilly line will be the first to have the modern, air-cooled New Tube for London trains in service around 2022.

“Brush Traction is playing an important role in the modernisation of London’s transport network”

Commenting on the awarded contract, Nick Brown said: “Brush Traction is playing an important role in the modernisation of London’s transport network and is helping us to meet the unprecedented demand created by the city’s success and rapid population growth. Suppliers like them keep London working and growing and help us to support the national economy. We have invested more than £865m with suppliers across the Midlands over the past year and we are always interested in hearing from other suppliers across the UK to see how they could work with us.”

Joining Nick Brown on a tour of the factory was MP for Loughborough Nicky Morgan who said: “I am thrilled that Transport for London has awarded this contract to Brush Traction – a company renowned for their work on completely refurbishing trains, based here in Loughborough. It is fantastic news for both Brush and for Loughborough, and of course for Transport for London!”

According to TfL, 60 percent of expenditure is spent with suppliers based outside of London supporting approximately 60,000 supply chain jobs and over 5,700 apprenticeships.

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