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December 14, 2014

Spain’s CAF signs €500m contract with NS to deliver Sprinter electric trains

Spanish train manufacturer CAF has signed a €500m contract with Dutch passenger railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to deliver its Sprinter electric multiple-unit fleet.

By Samseer M

Spanish train manufacturer CAF has signed a €500m contract with Dutch passenger railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to deliver its Sprinter electric multiple-unit fleet.

In October, NS selected CAF as the preferred bidder for this project.

CAF said that this new contract is the largest to be secured in Europe and in its history both in terms of the number of cars and the contractual amount.

"CAF will be responsible for the construction of eight new metro units, in addition to the 16 units previously awarded."

As part of this agreement, CAF will provide 120 passenger trains for NS’s Sprinter service. It also includes options for additional trains.

Equipped with wheelchair-accessible facilities, the new trains will have energy-saving, environmental friendliness and safety features along with ease of access.

The first train is expected to be operational in 2018.

Belonging to CAF’s Civity family, the new vehicles will be suitable for the installation of the ERTMS train protection system.

Meanwhile, NS will also shortlist potential suppliers for its Intercity New Generation (ICNG) trains by the end of this year.

The acquisition of ICNG trains comes under the NS’s Programma Hoogfrequent Spoor (PHS), which aims to provide trains for every 10min on main routes.

CAF recently secured a €47m contract extension from rail operator Metrorex to deliver metro units for Bucharest, Romania.

Under this contract, CAF will be responsible for the construction of eight new metro units, in addition to the 16 units previously awarded.

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