Three bidders for Copenhagen automated S-Bane fleet

Copenhagen S-Bane fleetDanish State Railways (DSB) has announced that three bidders have been pre-qualified for the supply of Copenhagen S-Bane fleet.

The bidders are:

  • Alstom Transport Danmark;
  • CAF; and
  • A consortium consisting of Siemens Mobility and Stadler Bussnang AG

The winner will supply 226 new fully automatic S-Bahn trains equipped with the technology to operate at Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4).

“We have three strong and competent bidders. This provides healthy competition and a robust tendering process, which will hopefully lead to attractive offers. All three pre-qualified bidders have proven over time that they have the skills to develop, produce and deliver good quality trains,” Jürgen Müller, Director of Strategy & Railway Equipment at DSB said.

The national operator will conduct the procurement under a competitive dialogue procedure which will allow DSB to further develop tender specifications together with the bidders in order to provide the best and most robust solutions for the new fully-automated train fleet.

DSB expects to be able to award the contract which includes the provision of maintenance services for the new S-Bahn trains, during the first half of 2025. The fully-automated trains are expected to be put into operation on the Ring Line around 2030, serving the area of the city centre and also the various parts of the city and suburbs.

The first driverless S-trains will be tested from 2028, and from 2029, line F between Ny Ellebjerg and Hellerup will be the first section with fully automatic S-train operation according to the plan.

The procurement of the Copenhagen S-Bane fleet is part of Denmark Infrastructure Plan 2035 approved on 4 May 2023. The strategy underlines that the 172 km S-Bane network to become fully automated – to operate at GoA4, by 2037 when the entire fleet will be converted from a traditional to driverless rolling stock.

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