* Siemens: winning contract could hurt existing commitments
* Siemens move leaves Bombardier, CAF, Hitachi as bidders
* Contract is worth 1 billion pounds
LONDON, July 5 Siemens has pulled out
of the bidding to provide trains for Britain's multi-billion
pound Crossrail project, raising prospects for rivals Bombardier
, Hitachi and Spain's CAF to win the
Siemens said on Friday it no longer had the capacity to
deliver 600 carriages for the new line to connect east and west
"Crossrail is a very large project and, since first
undertaking our initial assessment of capacity and
deliverability, Siemens has won multiple additional orders," the
company said in a statement.
"To pursue another project of this scale could impact our
ability to deliver our current customer commitments."
The German company said it would still deliver signalling
and control systems for the Crossrail project.
Crossrail will link Heathrow west of London to the east of
the city through huge new tunnels. Bids for the rail contract
are due next month, with a decision expected by mid-2014.
Siemens withdrawal cuts the number of bidders for the 1
billion pound ($1.5 billion) train contract to three -
Bombardier, Japan's Hitachi and Spain's CAF.
In 2011, Crossrail, Europe's largest infrastructure project,
delayed the award of the contract to supply trains for the $26
billion project to save money. France's Alstom Transport - best
known for building France's TGV high-speed trains - pulled out
of the bidding two years ago.
Siemens recently beat Bombardier on a $2.4 billion contract
to build 1,140 new carriages for use on the Thameslink rail line
that runs through London and connects Bedford with Brighton on
the south coast of England.
Bombardier was not immediately available for comment.