Bombardier Suspends Production of Montreal Trains


BombardierTHUNDER BAY – Bombardier Transportation has announced that they have suspended production of Montreal’s new métro cars at its plant in La Pocatière, Quebec. The announcement has been made on on Friday.

The suspension will impact 145 employees, according to Bombardier spokesperson Marc Laforge.

Laforge says that the Bombardier manufacturing facility will be closed for six months starting April 28th.

Bombardier says that the issue is a delay is over issues with Ansaldo STS, who is a subcontractor of Alstom, which is Bombardier’s partner in the project for the new Azur trains.

Lafarge said that Ansaldo is responsible for developing software that allows the trains to operate automatically.

Bombardier says five trains are complete and ready to go, but need the missing software before they can be operational. The first deliveries were expected to take place in the third quarter of 2015, but have been pushed back to the end of the year.

Laforge says that Bombardier still hopes to deliver all the new cars on time by 2018, as stipulated in its contract with the Société de transport de Montréal.

There is no suspected impact on the TTC contract and the Bombardier plant in Thunder Bay Ontario

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