Spanish railway manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has received a contract extension from rail operator Metrorex to delivery metro units for Bucharest, Romania.

With this extension, CAF will build eight new metro units, in addition to the 16 units previously awarded.

The original €97m contract for 16 units, which are currently in revenue service operation, was signed in 2011.

Valued at €47m, the new development will be financed with funds from the European Investment Bank.

"The original €97m contract for 16 units, which are currently in revenue service operation, was signed in 2011."

Similar to the existing design, the units will comprise six cars with a stainless-steel structure, four motor cars and two trailer cars.

With a capacity to accommodate 1,200 passengers, the 114m-long trains will offer an unobstructed passage along the entire train.

Designed for mass passenger transit, these trains built with improved quality and safety standards will offer better accessibility to persons with reduced mobility by providing two areas for wheelchair users.

This extension confirms CAF’s commitment to increase their presence on the European market, the company stated.

CAF recently received a contract from Dutch passenger railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to supply its new-generation Sprinter electric multiple-unit fleet.

Under this contract, CAF will provide 120 passenger trains for NS’s Sprinter service at an approximate cost of €510m and the contract will also include options for additional trains.