Translink awarded CAF a £50 million (EUR 56 million) contract for the supply of 21 new intermediate train carriages for Northern Ireland Railways.
The carriages are scheduled for delivery during 2021 and all will be in service in 2022 following a period of testing and commissioning.
“This is the third contract CAF has been awarded by the operator and we are very much looking forward to working with them,” Richard Garner, CAF UK Director, said. CAF previously supplied 23 Class 3000 DMUs, which entered service between 2004 and 2005, and an additional 20 Class 4000 DMUs, operational from September 2011.
The new vehicles are fully compatible with the existing CAF-built Class 4000 fleet, enabling Translink to operate more six vehicle trains on busy routes at key times of the day.
The new carriages will increase passenger capacity by providing 1,400 additional seats. In the last 12 years, the number of passengers grown by more than 130%, reaching 15 million in 2017, the highest in Northern Ireland Railways’ 50-year history.