Alstom to Compensate SBB for Delayed Delivery of Long-Distance Trains

SBB and Alstom have reached an agreement for Alstom to compensate SBB for the delayed delivery of its long-distance double-decker fleet.

The value of this compensation roughly equates to the cost of six long-distance double-decker trains.

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SBB’s FV-Dosto double-decker trains are now some of the most reliable units in its fleet

In summer 2022, the last of 62 long-distance double-decker units was delivered to SBB from Alstom, following its acquisition of Bombardier in 2021.

As part of the compensation package, Alstom will work on further optimising the trains and will deliver maintenance services beyond the agreed period.

The contract to build 59 double-decker trains was originally awarded to Bombardier in 2010. The new double-decker trains were scheduled to be commissioned in phases between 2012 and the end of 2019.

However, in 2014, a new delivery schedule was set and the manufacturer agreed to provide three additional units free of charge as compensation.

As this revised delivery schedule was also not realised, SBB and Alstom have now agreed on an additional compensation package.

SBB and Alstom reached this mutual understanding outside of court. The corresponding agreement was signed by both companies on 3 March 2023.

The two companies have agreed not to disclose any additional details regarding its terms.

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