Alstom to maintain 74 high-speed trains in China

high-speed train China Railway Guangzhou Bureau Group awarded Alstom’s Chinese joint venture Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST) two contracts to provide heavy maintenance service for 592 high-speed train cars (74 trains). Together, the two contracts which mark Alstom’s first time undertaking CR400AF heavy maintenance, are valued at around EUR 50 million (CNY 382 million incl. VAT).

All the maintenance activities will be completed by the end of February 2022.

BST will provide maintenance services to China Railway Guangzhou Bureau that covers A3 maintenance covering the maintenance of key parts and components for 34 CRH1A trains and CRH1B trains, as well as 16 CR400AF fleets, in addition to performing A4 maintenance covering the system breakdown maintenance for 24 CRH1A-A trains.

This agreement marks BST’s entry into the CR400AF heavy maintenance field, enabling BST to develop and enhance its capacity for future CR400AF heavy maintenance projects.

“We are very honoured to be awarded these two maintenance contracts and we will ensure the delivery of a high-quality maintenance service with our team’s skills and experience. The China Railway Guangzhou Bureau is a very important customer and our long-lasting and deep cooperation with Guangzhou Bureau brings win-win benefits for both parties, as well as for China’s passengers as they enjoy safe, sustainable, and reliable high-speed rail journeys,” Jianwei Zhang, the President of Alstom China said.

The high-speed train fleet was manufactured by Bombardier Sifang for China’s evolving high-speed rail network.

In January, Bombardier Sifang was awarded a EUR 159 million to provide maintenance services for 280 high-speed railcars with services expected to be completed by the end of 2021. In January 2020, the company won another EUR 321 million maintenance contract for 656 coaches of CRH1A-A, CRH1A, CRH1E and CRH380D series.

At the beginning of 2021, China State Railway awarded BST a contract to manufacture and supply 16 CR400AF high-speed railcars forming two 8-car trains able to run at a speed of 350 km/h.

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