The Norwegian transport operator Vy awarded Bombardier Transportation a four-year maintenance contract for its Swedish Night Train fleet. The contract also includes an option for a further two years of services. The four-year service contract with Vy Tåg will run from December 2020 to December 2024.
Under the contract, Bombardier will provide regular maintenance of 12 locomotives and 75 passenger coaches, as well as periodic heavy maintenance activities such as bogie overhaul. The contract will be executed at the Notviken depot in Luleå, northern Sweden.
“Vy Tåg looks forward to working with Bombardier Transportation to raise the quality and experience of the Night Train service for Upper Norrland and its vehicles in the coming period. With the new vehicle maintenance agreement, Vy Tåg is taking a big step towards the incentive model that we believe in, and putting strong focus on collaboration to achieve our high goals for our service to our passengers on the Stockholm – Luleå – Narvik route,” Dag Lokrantz-Bernitz, CEO of Vy Tåg said.
Bombardier is currently maintaining these trains for the Swedish state-owned railway operator SJ and it will start this new contract when Vy Tåg takes over expected by the end of this year. In February, Trafikverket awarded the Norwegian operator Vy a contract to operate the Swedish Night Train fleet. Under the agreement, Vy will provide transport services for four years on the Stockholm – Kiruna – Narvik route starting December 2020. The contract includes a two-year extension. The Norwegian operator will offer two daily overnight services on the Stockholm- Narvik railway route and in addition, it will provide daytime train services on the Luleå – Narvik line.
The Night Train service to be provided by Vy Tåg will operate between Sweden’s major cities including Östersund, Luleå and Stockholm. Long distance rail journeys at night are becoming more and more popular as people switch from cars and planes to environmentally friendlier trains.