Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has been awarded a contract by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS – Netherlands Railways) to deliver, together with its partner Siemens Transportation Systems, 18 four-car and 17 six-car electric multiple units (EMUs). The total contract is valued at approximately 248 million euros ($298 million US). Bombardier’s share of the project is approximately 104 million euros ($125 million US), while Siemens, chosen by Bombardier as a major sub contractor, will take on approximately 144 million euros ($173 million US) worth of the order. Deliveries of the vehicles are scheduled to take place between September 2008 and October 2009. The order also entails an option for five consecutive additional packages of 16 four-car and 16 six-car EMUs. Should all options be exercised, this would bring the total number of new cars ordered by NS to 974, for a total value estimated at approximately 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion US). In addition, a contract for spare parts delivery for the next 10 years has been concluded.
The final assembly of the trains will take place at Bombardier’s manufacturing facility in Aachen, Germany. Siemens, as a partner, will carry out a large portion of the production at its site in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany.
Olof Persson, President, Mainline and Metros, Bombardier Transportation, commented: “This order further proves our long-lasting relationship with NS and is yet another testimony to the success of our standardised electric multiple units. The new trains will significantly contribute to the modern appeal of the NS and will be highly appreciated by the travellers.”
Aad Veenman, President, NS stated: “We have chosen this proven concept by Bombardier to meet the demands of our customers for fast, comfortable and reliable transport. We are looking forward to welcome these new trains on Dutch tracks!”
The vehicles will extend the commuter service in the Western metropolitan area of the Netherlands and gradually replace NS’s older rolling stock. The new trains are based on the proven Bombardier-Siemens design of the commuter train ET425, adjusted to the specific requirements of NS and the Dutch railway system. The trains have a maximum speed of 160 km/h and meet passenger’s expectations in terms of attractive design, riding comfort and an increase in overall visibility due to wider windows. An increased number of wide doors on the new trains will allow passengers to enter and alight much more easily, thereby minimising boarding time. New features such as level accessibility and continuous floor height will enhance safety and no longer restrict passengers with mobility issues. These new trains will also be equipped with camera surveillance and a modern passenger information system.
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