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Bombardier to Supply 20 Additional Light Rail Vehicles to Manchester Metrolink in the UK


July 24, 2012 - London

- Manchester embraces green rail technology for urban transit

- New option order for Manchester Metrolink brings the number of vehicles to 94

BERLIN, GERMANY--(Marketwire - July 24, 2012) - Bombardier Transportation together with consortium partner Vossloh Kiepe has signed an option to supply 20 additional BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift light rail vehicles (LRVs) to Transport for Greater Manchester's (TfGM's) Metrolink system. This option forms part of the contract signed with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE now referred to as TfGM) in 2007 and is valued at approximately GBP 33 million GBP (42 million euro, $51 million US), with Bombardier's share valued at approximately GBP 25 million GBP (32 million euro, $38 million US).

Trams and light rail vehicles are the most energy efficient mode of transport, consuming up to five times less energy per passenger than cars(1). Bombardier's family of FLEXITY vehicles offers modern mobility solutions fitting the requirements of any city, ranging from 100 per cent low-floor trams to proven dual system solutions. The vehicles are designed for sustainable mobility throughout their lifetime with a recyclability rate of approximately 92 per cent and a recoverability rate(2) of about 98 per cent.

At 28.4 m long and 2.65 m wide, the LRVs for Manchester can accommodate more than 200 passengers. Wide double-door entrances ensure rapid passenger flow and multi-purpose areas provide space for pushchairs and wheelchair users. The vehicles' ease of maintenance and industry-leading reliability ensure unparalleled operational efficiency.

Germar Wacker, President Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation added: "Our FLEXITY Swift vehicles have now been running in passenger service in Manchester for more than two years and have proved to be a success with both the travelling public and the customer. We have an excellent relationship with Transport for Greater Manchester and are delighted to be able to further cement our partnership with this additional order."

To date Bombardier has delivered 54 vehicles to Manchester. Bombardier won its first order from TfGM in April 2007 for eight LRVs and has since received option orders for 66 additional LRVs in several batches. Today's order for 20 further vehicles brings the total number of LRVs ordered to date from the consortium for Manchester up to 94 light rail vehicles.

As consortium leader, Bombardier designs and manufactures the vehicles at its sites in Bautzen, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Bombardier's Siegen plant in Germany is responsible for delivering the bogies. The consortium partner Vossloh Kiepe provides the electrical equipment.

More than 1,700 FLEXITY trams are in successful revenue service. A total of more than 3,500 Bombardier trams and light rail vehicles are in service or on order in cities across Europe, Australia and North America.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies - built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology - conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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(1) travelling with an average of between one and two passengers

(2) recycling + energy recovery

FOR INFORMATION

Australia and New Zealand: +61 3 9794 2223                                
John Ince, john.ince@au.transport.bombardier.com                           

Benelux, Middle East and North Africa: +49 30 98607 1141                  
Janet Olthof, janet.olthof@de.transport.bombardier.com                     

Canada:+1 450 441 3007                                                    
Marc Laforge, marc.laforge@ca.transport.bombardier.com                     

China: +86 10 8517 2268                                                   
Flora Long, flora.long@cn.transport.bombardier.com                         

France: +33 6 07 78 95 38                                                 
Anne Froger, anne.froger@fr.transport.bombardier.com                       

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe: +49 30 98607 1134
Immo von Fallois, immo.von_fallois@de.transport.bombardier.com             

India: +91 7 838 660 093                                                  
Harsh Mehta, harsh.mehta@in.transport.bombardier.com                       

Mexico: +1 450 441 3007                                                   
Marc-Andre Lefebvre, marc-andre.lefebvre@ca.transport.bombardier.com       

Nordic and Baltic Countries: +46 10 852 5213                              
Par Isaksson, paer.isaksson@se.transport.bombardier.com                    

South Africa: +49 30 98607 1147                                           
Sandy Roth, sandy.roth@de.transport.bombardier.com                         

South East Asia: +65 6478 6235                                            
Evon Lam, evon.lam@sg.transport.bombardier.com                             

Southern Europe and South America: +35 1 919 693 728                      
Luis Ramos, luis.ramos@pt.transport.bombardier.com                         

UK: +44 142 353 8699                                                      
Jeanette Bowden, jeanette@networkpr.co.uk                                  

USA: +1 450 441 3007                                                      
Maryanne Roberts, maryanne.roberts@us.transport.bombardier.com             

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