Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has opened a production line of Intercity Next Generation (ICNG) trains at its Polish facility in Katowice.

The fitting line will be utilised to assemble Coradia Stream trains for Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the national railway operator in the Netherlands.

Spanning 6,500m², the production hall features 20 workstations to carry out all associated works from pre-fitting to cabling and interior fitting.

Other works including car body shell welding and construction, painting and final testing will be carried out at separate halls.

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The hall is capable of producing one train car every working day.

NS new rolling stock director Roel Okhuijsen said: “NS congratulates Alstom and the people working in the Alstom Katowice site with the opening of their new fitting hall, ready to produce not only the Coradia Stream trains for NS, but for many more future projects.

“The deliveries of the Coradia Stream vehicles will begin from January 2020.”

“After the mock-up presentation in 2017, Dutch railway customers can today see that their new Intercity is coming to life in this state-of-art production facility.”

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In July 2016, Alstom signed a contract worth more than €800m with NS to deliver 79 Coradia Stream trains with the option of supplying additional units.

Capable of running at a maximum speed of 200km/h, the trains will be configured with three types of cars; driving, intermediate and end cars in order to optimise capacity and fulfil operational requirements.

The deliveries of the Coradia Stream vehicles will begin from January 2020.

They will start operating on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Breda high-speed line in 2021 and on the Den Haag-Eindhoven corridor of the Dutch national network in 2022.

A 250,000m² engineering and manufacturing site for metros and regional trains, Alstom’s Katowice facility employs more than 2,000 staff.

Currently, the site is running 19 projects for ten countries.