Canadian rail manufacturer Bombardier Transportation has won a €122m order from Israel Railways (ISR) to supply 72 double-deck coaches.
The contract is part of a framework agreement signed in October 2010 for 150 coaches as part of ISR's fleet modernisation programme. The new order will increase the number of Israel Railways' double-deck coaches to 222.
Bombardier's Görlitz facility in Germany will manufacture and test the coaches before they are assembled in Dimona, Israel, by the company's partner Matar.
According to Bombardier Transportation, the new coaches are an improved version of the trains currently in operation.
Delivery of the new double-deck trains, which will be capable of carrying around 900 passengers, is scheduled to take place between March 2014 and February 2015.
Bombardier vice president of sales, mainline and metros, Jean Bergé, said that the 222 new cars will be equipped to offer improved passenger comfort.
"More trains, more seats, more comfort and improved safety all add up to making modern mass transit in Israel more attractive and reliable," Bergé said.
The new coaches will help Israel alleviate the overcrowding of current trains serving increasing numbers of passengers across the country.
Israel is also developing light rail vehicle (LRV) systems for several lines, including a pilot project in Jerusalem in order to reduce the use of private cars.
Under the framework agreement, ISR had ordered 78 coaches worth €132m in October 2010 and in December 2010 placed a €115m order for 72 trains with Bombardier.
Image: Israel Railways's new order for 72 Bombardier double-deck coaches brings the total number of trains ordered by ISR to 222 Photo: Bombardier.