Arriva Netherlands and Stadler signed a contract for service and maintenance for 69 trains in North of Holland which will operate in the Noordelijke Lijnen concession in Friesland and Groningen, managed by Arriva.
The contract includes maintenance and services for 18 Wink trains and 51 GTW trains, which will rely heavily on battery technology and boast enviable environmental credentials.
The contract, starting in 2020 and running till 2035, builds on the 15-year service and maintenance contract already in place since 2006. This contract follows the announcement in November 2017 that Stadler will manufacture 18 new Wink trains and refurbish 51 GTW.
“The cooperation between Arriva and Stadler is an economic driver for the northern part of The Netherlands. This contract is a big step in the preparation for the new concession. We look forward to working together for 15 more years. We apply our innovative approach to developing new trains as well as service and maintenance,” Anne Hettinga, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arriva Nederland said.
The new Wink trains will run on the renewable fuel Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as well as battery power. HVO is the second-generation bio-diesel, which is made of vegetable oil and fat waste, such as frying fat.
By 2025, the Leeuwarden-Groningen route will be partially electrified. From then on, on the non-electrified parts the Wink trains will only use the stored energy in the batteries. The use of bio-diesel will no longer be required.