Knowing What to Do? How Not to Build Trains

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  • Research Briefings

    This report presents evidence and argument about the end of train building and the absence of sectorally engaged industrial policy in the UK. It is occasioned by the redundancies at Bombardier’s Derby train building factory (the last in the UK) after the award of the Thameslink rolling stock contract to Siemens. A political arithmetic calculation about taxes paid and the inability of the British private sector to create extra jobs suggests that the Bombardier Derby jobs should be defended despite broken supply chains which limit up stream national benefits. The Derby redundancies come at the end of two decades of sectoral decline when British policy makers did not intervene to manage rolling stock orders or ask questions about parent company ownership and business model despite five changes of ownership in twelve years at the Derby factory. British politicians and civil servants literally did not know what to do because public procurement is framed narrowly in micro-economic terms as ‘value for money’.

    2011