Alstom and Alpha Trains have signed a long-term freight locomotive maintenance which will allow vehicle rental company to offer greater reliability, availability and flexibility to its customers throughout Europe through preventive and corrective maintenance, long-term improvement actions and access to Alstom’s mobile teams.
Under the contract, Alstom will maintain the vehicles for the next eight years and the collaboration which has started in October 2021 for 50 locomotives, now involves up to 70 vehicles.
The locomotives which serve the European freight corridors will be serviced at the Benelux Services sites in Rotterdam, Bruges and the depot in Antwerp.
As the French rolling stock manufacturer has an extensive network of depots in Europe located along the main rail freight corridors, the locomotive maintenance agreement allows a decreased downtime of the assets and increased availability of the fleets, a crucial value for Alpha Trains’ customers.
“Alstom is the world leader in rail services, and this is a win-win situation for both parties. For Alstom, this enhanced collaboration is an opportunity to optimise its relationship with Alpha Trains, and to further strengthen its maintenance services division and leverage its growing EU maintenance network. We are very proud to have been selected by Alpha Trains Group,” Frank Strik, Managing Director Services Benelux said.
The collaboration between Alstom and Alpha Trains had already started, several agreements already existed at local level. But this is the first time that the two companies have signed a global long-term framework agreement for such business.
In Benelux, the well-equipped and experimented sites in Antwerp, Bruges and Rotterdam contribute to freight locomotive maintenance both in the depot and on site. The sites offer a large panel of activities on all types of railway vehicles. The Benelux Services activities which employ over 400 people is growing for all types of maintenance.