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79 Alstom Coradia Trains to Netherlands

Alstom has won a contract worth more than €800 million to deliver 79 Intercity New Generation Trains to Netherlands national railway operator NS. The trains are part of the Alstom Coradia range of modular trains. The cutting-edge trains offer a high quality passenger experience. They will operate on the national network on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Breda line and on the Den Haag-Eindhoven corridor.

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The trains have a top speed of 200 km/h. They are spacious and well-lit, with multi-purpose areas for passengers to read and rest on their journey. They are also universally accessible, with space for wheelchairs and dedicated restroom facilities for passengers with reduced mobility. The trains also feature wifi and LED lighting, and have a dynamic real time passenger information system. All coaches have security cameras to improve passenger and crew safety.

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The trains meet the highest standards for interoperability and will be fitted with ATB and ERTMS systems. They trains’ top speed will be 200 km/h and operate on 25KV AC (High Speed Line) and 1,5 KV DC (main railway network).

Andreas Knitter, Senior Vice-President for Europe at Alstom, said:

“We are pleased to be entrusted by NS the supply of a highly reliable, energy efficient, safe and comfortable transport system for their passengers. With a total capacity of 25,000 seats the new Intercity trains we offer to NS are a concentration of the best proven technology from our Coradia platform. Alstom has been committed to the Dutch market for many years with the delivery of trams and metros to The Hague, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Alstom is also responsible for the placement and maintenance of the European signalling system ERTMS on of the Betuwe Route and the Hanze Line”

Roel Okhuijsen, Programme Director at NS for new rolling stock, said:

“Proven technology and at the same time a train that is ready for the future. That is in short what Alstom is offering us and our travelers. We very much look forward to the cooperation in the coming years. From now on we need to push this project forward together with Alstom because we have an ambitious planning and a lot has to be done. The new Intercity trains are necessary for the replacement of existing materiel and for expanding the services.”

The trains will be designed and developed in Saint-Ouen in France and Salzgitter in Germany by an international team. They will be manufactured in Alstom’s site in Katowice in Poland. Other sites to contribute towards the project will be: Charleroi in Belgium for on-board signalling, Ridderkerk in the Netherlands for the commissioning, warranty, support, training and services, and Valenciennes for the interiors fitting, Reichshoffen for the design of the driver’s cabin, Ornans for the motors, Tarbes for the design of the traction inverters and the manufacturing of power modules, Villeurbanne for embarked electronics and internet, and passenger information.

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