By Marcus Leach

The ongoing Bombardier saga has seen the chairman of the UK firm question the government's decision to award the £1.4 billion Thameslink contract to Siemens.

Colin Walton said he is 'struggling to understand' the decision that saw German rivals win the contract to build 1,200 carriages.

Mr Walton told the Transport Select Committee the government used 'very narrow' criteria in its selection.

The decision saw Bombardier announce that they will cut 1,400 jobs, and unions called for the government to review the decision.

Mr Walton said the decision to make Siemens the preferred bidder was not based solely on the best product, but on the finances behind the two rival offers.

"Finances played an extremely important part in this deal as opposed to choosing the best train," he said.

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