Siemens has received a contract worth almost €340m to supply ten additional Velaro high-speed trains to Turkish State Railways (TCDD).

The latest contract, which includes maintenance service of the trains for three years, was awarded to Siemens following a tender process.

With these ten new vehicles, TCDD’s Velaro fleet will grow to 17 units.

“In Turkey, the train can fully utilise all its strengths and is already proving this in daily operation.”

Siemens Mobility Division CEO Sabrina Soussan said: “Our Velaro family is continuing to grow and write new chapters in its unique success story.

“With its capacity and comfort, the Velaro remains a benchmark for high-speed trains. In Turkey, the train can fully utilise all its strengths and is already proving this in daily operation. Our flagship is running here with 99% availability.”

In May 2013, TCDD procured the first Velaro D high-speed train-set following a tender process.

This train, which was refitted for operating in Turkey, entered passenger service between Ankara and Konya in May 2015.

Subsequently, TCDD entered a second contract with Siemens to provide six eight-car high-speed trains.

These seven trains are currently operational, connecting Ankara with Konya and Eskişehir, and were reported to have already covered more than five million kilometres in passenger service.

The Siemens Velaro high-speed trains are designed to enhance passenger experience.

Currently, these trains are operational in multiple countries, including Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, Russia, Belgium, China and Turkey.

Recently, Siemens received an €800m contract to install digital signalling systems across the Norwegian rail network.