Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler has received a contract to maintain a fleet of more than 100 trains in Norway.
The fleet includes Stadler-built FLIRT electric multiple units delivered to Norwegian state-owned railway company Vy, formerly known as NSB. These five-car trains mainly operate in the greater Oslo area.
The scope of the maintenance services includes preventive and corrective maintenance, excluding bogie overhauls.
Scheduled to begin in the first quarter of next year, the term of maintenance services will continue until 2024, including options. Overall, the contract is worth around CHF100m ($99.57m).
Stadler will carry out maintenance work for the trains in rented facilities.
Vy vice-president Tormod Gjermundsen said: “Our experiences and cooperation with Stadler as a manufacturer of trains is very good. All trains have been delivered on time, with a high quality and with Stadler being responsive to our needs.
“Our expectations are therefore high and we are looking forward to continuing this good cooperation when it comes to train maintenance.”
With the latest contract, the number of FLIRT trains under Stadler’s maintenance increases to 620 units, around 40% of the total units sold.
Additionally, the contract bolsters the Swiss company’s presence in the Nordic region. Last year, Stadler acquired rail services provider Swedtrac from Knorr-Bremse.
The company is set to deliver 33 four-car double-decker trains to Swedish train company Transitio.
Commenting on the latest contract, Stadler service division head Jürg Gygax said: “We are very pleased about this order and the expansion of our presence in Scandinavia.
“We will do everything we can to further increase the availability of the Vy fleet, which is already at a high level, thereby improving punctuality and customer satisfaction for Vy passengers.”
Earlier this month, Stadler received a contract to supply ten six-axle hybrid locomotives to European Loc Pool.