Coradia Nordic X60B trains begin operation on Stockholm’s commuter network
Posted: 11 April 2016 | Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Global Railway Review | No comments yet
New Coradia Nordic X60B trains have begun operation on Stockholm’s commuter network as part of an agreement between operator Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) and Alstom.
The new commuter Coradia Nordic X60B (Image: SLL)
In total 46 Coradia Nordic trains were ordered in June 2012 as part of a frame agreement originally signed in 2002 between Alstom and SL. The agreed contract is worth approximately €440 million.
Delivery of the new vehicles began in January 2016 from Alstom’s factory in Salzgitter (Germany). According to Alstom, it will supply two trains per month until November 2017, bringing the total number of Coradia trains operated by SL to 129. Alstom has already supplied 83 earlier generation X60 Coradia Nordic trains which are currently in service throughout the region.
Coradia Nordic X60B designed to withstand Scandinavian winters
The delivered vehicles feature over 150 improvements including the latest European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) signalling technology which meets all interoperability requirements. They are also technically enhanced to facilitate vehicle maintenance. In addition, each vehicle has been designed to withstand rigorous Scandinavian winters, operating at -35°C and garaged at -40°C.
Commenting on the first Coradia Nordic X60B to enter service, Per Öster, President of Alstom in the Nordics said: “Our commuter trains are already a well-known daily feature for Stockholm passengers. Alstom is pleased to offer its latest technology and thus further contribute to a sustainable public transport service in the city of Stockholm”