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July 19, 2016

Alstom receives €800m order from NS for Delivery of Intercity trains

French rail transport company Alstom has secured a €800m contract to deliver 79 Intercity New Generation trains to Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the national railway operator in the Netherlands.

By Lopamudra Roy

French rail transport company Alstom has secured a €800m contract to deliver 79 Intercity New Generation trains to Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the national railway operator in the Netherlands.

With expected delivery from January 2020, the trains will operate on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Breda line and the Den Haag-Eindhoven corridor.

Alstom's Europe senior vice-president Andreas Knitter said: “We are pleased to be entrusted by NS for the supply of a highly reliable, energy efficient, safe, and comfortable transport system for their passengers.

“With a total capacity of 25,000 seats, the new Intercity trains we offer to NS are a concentration of the best proven technology from our Coradia platform.”

The new trains can run at a maximum speed of 200km every hour and feature multi-purpose areas for resting, reading, wheelchair access, and bicycle storage. They also include restrooms for people with reduced mobility and a dynamic real-time passenger information system.

"The trains will operate on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Breda line and the Den Haag-Eindhoven corridor."

In a bid to enhance passenger and crew safety, all coaches of Intercity trains are equipped with security cameras.

NS' new rolling stock programme director Roel Okhuijsen said: “Proven technology and a train that is ready for the future. That is in short what Alstom is offering us and our travellers.”

The trains are also deployed with the Dutch protection system Automatische TreinBeïnvloeding (ATB) and the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), which will be able to operate on 25KV AC on High-Speed Lines and 1,5KV DC on main railway networks.

Designed and developed in Saint-Ouen in France and Salzgitter in Germany, the new NS trains will be manufactured at Alstom’s production site in Katowice, Poland.


Image: The new Intercity New Generation trains will run at a maximum speed of 200km per hour. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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