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Netherlands Railways (NS) announces CAF as preferred bidder for Sprinter fleet

Posted: 31 October 2014 | Global Railway Review | No comments yet

Netherlands Railways (NS) has announced that CAF (Spain) is its preferred bidder for a contract worth approximately €510 million to supply a fleet of 120 EMUs for its Sprinter New Generation project…

Netherlands Railways (NS) announces CAF as preferred bidder for Sprinter fleet

Netherlands Railways (NS) has announced that CAF (Spain) is its preferred bidder for a contract worth approximately €510 million to supply a fleet of 120 EMUs for its Sprinter New Generation project.

Netherlands Railways and CAF aim to complete contract negotiations by December 2014; with NS hoping for the first trains to enter service in 2018. The contract could also include options for additional trains.

The 160km/h trains will be based on CAF’s Civity EMU but adapted to fit the Dutch market with wide doors and inter-car gangways plus prepared for rapid installation of ERTMS equipment. Netherlands Railways state the new vehicles will be energy-efficient and also accessible to passengers in wheelchairs.

In the meantime, Netherlands Railways plans to bring back into service 18 double-deck DD-AR trains until the new fleet is ready.

Netherlands Railways announces tender for Intercity New Generation project

Furthermore, Netherlands Railways has also announced a tender issued for its Intercity New Generation project – an important element of its High Frequency Rail Programme. A shortlist of pre-qualified suppliers is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, with the first train of the new Intercity fleet arriving in 2021.

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