Siemens wins UK train contract

Siemens has won a $230m (£144m) contract to supply electric trains for use on British railways, the latest British train contract awarded to the German industrial group. The deal will see Siemens supply 20 Desiro UK trains to Go-Ahead Group’s London Midland and First Group’s TransPennine Express regional route franchises, to be used on routes in and out of London and Birmingham. The trains, which will be delivered in 2013 and 2014, will be maintained at Siemens's depot in Manchester, the company said. Last year a Siemens-led consortium won a $2.2bn contract to build and maintain 1,200 carriages for the Thameslink cross-London railway.