Belgian National Railways (SNCB-NMBS) has signed a $3.6bn framework contract with a consortium of Bombardier Transportation and Alstom for 1,362 M7 double-deck coaches.
The deal includes a $1.4bn firm order for the design and manufacturing of 445 cars with deliveries taking place between 2018 and 2021. The frame contract has options for 917 additional rail cars.
The initial order is worth $853m to Bombardier and $511m to Alstom. Bombardier’s share of the total contract is worth $2.3bn, while Altom’s share is $1.3bn.
Bombardier Transportation president Laurent Troger said: "This framework contract for almost 1,400 double deck coaches will provide the people of Belgium with the highest standard of modern mobility solutions."
Of the initial 445 cars, Bombardier will manufacture 65 steering cars and 290 trailer cars at its plant in Bruges, Belgium.
Alstom will supply the remaining 90 cars from its Valenciennes site in France with the support of its electrical and signalling centre in Charleroi, Belgium. The company will also develop and manufacture the ETCS level 2 system to equip the total fleet.
The trains will have a maximum speed of 200kmph, and will increase the Belgian rail capacity by 145,000 seats.
The redesigned double-decker cars feature new interior, improved passenger information system, wheel chair access, and space for bicycles.
The trains will operate on Belgium’s mainlines, as well as cross the border to the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
Image: The first firm order is for 445 M7 double deck train cars. Photo: courtesy of Bombardier.