Derby Main Site

Bombardier Rail Vehicles Production Site - Derby, United Kingdom.


Bombardier’s Derby site is a global centre of excellence for rail engineering and aluminium carbody manufacture.

The site is the only facility in the UK able to design, manufacture, assemble and test new trains for domestic and export markets.

The site also has a services diagnostic fleet control centre and vehicle refurbishment, as well as Head Office for UK activities including bids, sales, finance, human resources and legal departments.

Key Information

  • Site area: 340,000 m²
  • Workshop (roofed) area: 101,000 m²
  • Design, engineering, carbody manufacturing and vehicle assembly
  • Dedicated testing facilities on site
  • Test Track 1.8 km in length with a max. speed of 60 kph
  • Static Low Voltage and Static High Voltage
  • Certified International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) Rev2 2009
  • Certified ISO 9001:2008 (Quality)
  • Certified ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System)
  • Certified OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health & Safety Management)

Site Name: Bombardier Rail Vehicles Production Site
Site Type: Engineering Manufacturing
Legal Entity: Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd.
Address: Litchurch Lane
Derby DE24 8AD
United Kingdom

Historical Milestones

1839 - Derby Midland Railway Workshops established
1876 - Derby Carriage Works opened
1948 - Nationalisation of British Railways
1970 - Formation of British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL)
1989 - BREL privatised and sold to consortium (ABB, Trafalgar House & Employees)
1992 - ABB acquires 100% share of BREL Ltd to form ABB Transportation
1996 - ABB & Daimler-Benz rail activities merge to form Adtranz
2001 - Bombardier Inc. acquired 100% share of Adtranz Group