Kent

Bombardier's rail maintenance depot in Kent axes jobs

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Image caption Bombardier hopes to make the cuts through voluntary redundancies

A rail maintenance depot in Kent is axing 155 jobs after announcing it is to transfer work to its depot in Essex.

Bombardier, which owns the site at Chart Leacon, Ashford, said 10 workers would be left after the move to Ilford.

The company said the measures were necessary to ensure it remained "a competitive and sustainable force in the maintenance market".

Paul Cox, Kent organiser for the RMT union, said a "highly skilled and dedicated workforce" would be lost.

He said the workers were devastated as they saw "the railway business disappearing from Ashford and they are concerned that it's gone forever".

Bombardier said it hoped to make the cuts through voluntary redundancies.

It added that the remaining workers at Chart Leacon would maintain the Class 375 Electrostar train units for Southeastern Trains.

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