Danish State Railways (DSB) and Alstom signed a framework agreement with a value of EUR 2.6 billion for the supply 100 Coradia Stream trains as well as a 15-year full-service maintenance. This firm order has a value of EUR 1.4 billion.
The agreement includes an additional 15 years of maintenance services and the possibility to order additional trainsets.
DSB says that is expecting to purchase 150 electric trainsets as well as their full maintenance services for a period of up to 40 years.
Each trainset will consist of five single – deck coaches with a total seating capacity for 300 passengers. The trains will be pre-fitted with Alstom’s Atlas onboard ETCS Baseline 3 as well as a Specific Transmission Module (STM) interface enabling it to operate on Denmark’s legacy signalling system.
With this order DSB will retire its aging diesel–powered trains achieving an important milestone in the transition to a more climate-friendly and sustainable public transport.
“After many years of planning and preparation, we can now seriously start the practical work of getting the train of the future to Denmark. A greener and more sustainable public transport is not a distant vision of the future. It is a reality that will be rolled out concretely in the coming years and which starts with the signing of the contract with Alstom,” Flemming Jensen, the CEO of DSB said.
The Coradia Stream trains for DSB have been specially adapted to meet the needs of the Danish rail network and its top speed of 200 km/h will help ensure swift mobility across the country.
To be able to service and maintain the new trains of the future, DSB is in the process of building two new workshops in Aarhus and Copenhagen.They will be 100 per cent dedicated to the new trains and will be certified according to the highest possible environmental standards.
The regional trains for the Danish State Railways will be assembled at Alstom site in Salzgitter, Germany.
The delivery of DSB’s “Fremtidens Tog – Nye Tog” (Trains of the Future – New Trains) is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2024. Once in service, this new fleet will operate as a regional and fast rail service and connect Denmark’s Frederikshavn region in the north to Rødby in the southeast after passing through the capital city of Copenhagen.
This agreement is the largest train tender in Danish rail history. By now, Alstom has delivered over 650 trains to Denmark, including the S-train in the Greater Copenhagen area and several regional trains running on country’s rail network.
In Denmark, Alstom is involved in the ERTMS deployment replacing the 100-year-old country’s signalling system. The French company is replacing the existing signalling system on an 800-km rail network. In December 2019 six ICE-3 trains were fully equipped with the new signalling system and the first ERTMS-equipped rail section between Roskilde and Køge was put into service. In September 2020, the first 100 trains have been equipped with the ERTMS system.
Denmark intends to complete the ERTMS deployment plan by 2030 under which the existing signalling system will be replaced with the ETCS level 2 baseline 3.