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January 2, 2019

Dutch operator NS places €400m passenger car order

Dutch state-owned railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) has placed an order worth nearly €400m with CAF for 302 additional CIVITY platform passenger cars.

Dutch state-owned railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) has placed an order worth nearly €400m with CAF for 302 additional CIVITY platform passenger cars.

CAF will configure the delivery into 50 three-car trains and 38 four-car trains.

The order is an extension of the 2014 contract involving the supply of 68 three-car trains and 50 four-car trains for nearly €500m.

By 2020, the 118 trains from the first order will be delivered to The Netherlands, while all 206 trains are expected to enter service from the beginning of 2023.

Capable of operating at a speed of up to 160 km/h, the passenger trains will run across the country offering ‘sprinter’ services.

“Capable of operating at a speed of up to 160 km/h, the passenger trains will run across the country offering ‘sprinter’ services.”

The trains are designed for relatively short distance passenger services. They will also be equipped with first-class areas adjacent to the driver cab.

In addition, the trains will feature WI-FI, USB-charging points, sockets, leather upholstery and a holding area for bicycles, as well as an accessible toilet for disabled passengers.

The CIVITY is a platform of regional trains produced by CAF and will include low floor trains for commuter, intercity and regional services in Europe.

NS also executed a number of projects in the UK and Italy.

Last month, CAF was selected as part of the Great River City Light Rail consortium to supply, operate and maintain the Parramatta Light Rail Project (Stage 1) in the Australian province of New South Wales.

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