The Dutch state-owned rail company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, and CAF signed a contract extension comprising the supply of 302 additional Civity platform passenger cars. 50 will be 3-car trains and 38 four-car trains totaling EUR 400 million.
Under the contract signed in 2014, CAF is currently delivering NS identical trains, which comprises the supply of 68 three-car trains and 50 four-car trains, for approximately EUR 500 million. The first trains produced for the aforementioned contract are currently providing revenue service in The Netherlands.
In 2020 the 118 trains of the first order will all be in The Netherlands, and the trains of the additional order will enter service from that moment. Beginning 2023 all 206 trains will be in service.
The trains will run across the whole of The Netherlands providing the so-called “Sprinter” services.
With a top speed of 160 km/h, the trains are configured to transport passengers swiftly and comfortably over relatively short distances and are also fitted out with first class areas next to the driver cab. The new Sprinters will be a transparent, open, attractive and energy-friendly train, fitted with Wi-Fi, a toilet accessible for wheelchairs, sockets, USB-charging points, leather upholstery, a place for bicycles and level entry.
Given the total number of trains and the amount involved, the overall volume of this contract is one of the largest CAF has secured internationally and one of the most significant in the history of the company.