France-based Alstom has secured a contract from the Spanish national railway operator Renfe for the supply of 152 high-capacity trains.
The total value of the contract is more than $1.65bn (€1.4bn).
Alstom will deliver its X’Trapolis series of suburban trains, which will be manufactured at Santa Perpètua, Spain.
Under the contract, the company will carry out the servicing of 56 trains for 15 years and provide supply parts for the fleet along with the preliminary stock of spare parts and their tooling.
Each 100m-long train comes with a capacity to transport more than 900 passengers, about 20% more commuters in an hour.
Alstom Europe president Gian Luca Erbacci said: “We are immensely proud to have been selected by Renfe to supply this large fleet of latest-generation trains. Our solution is the result of long experience in design, engineering and industrialisation on a global level, and over 30 years of manufacturing trains in Spain.
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“Furthermore, the fact that more than 80% of our suppliers are local Spanish companies, makes us very proud. The size and importance of this contract bear witness to the trust and confidence that has been built in the enduring relationship between Alstom and Renfe.”
The interior configuration and flexible spaces in the trains will be designed to accommodate more passengers.
With several access doors and large distribution halls, the trains will reduce station stop times, facilitating the movement of the commuters.
The trains will feature dedicated areas for bicycles and pushchairs, universal accessibility and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The X’Trapolis will be loaded with advanced traction systems and train control technology, resulting in the maximisation of availability and line usage.
As a sustainable train, the X’Trapolis has been developed in alignment with eco-design standards, from the selection of raw materials to traction systems.
At the end of its service life, the X’Trapolis will have a recyclability rate of more than 98%.
Last week, Alstom was selected for the deployment of digital interlocking technology on the Lichtenfels-Coburg-Sonneberg line section in Thuringia and Bavaria, Germany.