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Derby leaders plan to visit Bombardier bosses in Berlin

Derby's business and political leaders are calling for a meeting with the bosses of train maker Bombardier to help ensure it stays in the city.

The firm is reviewing its UK operations after missing out on an estimated £1.4bn deal to build new carriages for Thameslink.

City leaders already want a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.

The city council and Marketing Derby called have called for a meeting with Bombardier's directors in Berlin.

They are also drawing up a "wish-list" of things the government could give the city if it does lose Bombardier, which employs 3,000 people in Derby.

These include more money for office buildings, improvements to the A38 and a high-speed rail station close to the city.

Securing the Thameslink contract was regarded as crucial for the Derby site - the UK's last remaining train factory - as most of its current orders will soon be finished.

The company said it was working with unions and would keep employees informed, while the union Unite has pledged to put pressure on the firm and the government to keep the factory open.

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