Alstom to Supply Bogies for Rail Vehicles that Will Run on Bangladesh’s Padma Bridge

Alstom’s Qingdao site in China has won a contract to supply bogie technology and support for 200 MD523 bogies that will be used by rail vehicles on the Padma Bridge project in Bangladesh.

The Padma Multipurpose Bridge, which is currently nearing the end of construction, is a road and rail bridge across the Padma River. At six kilometres, it will be the country’s longest bridge.

The contract with the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Tangshan outlines a pilot project and is worth around 8.5 million euros. Alstom’s Chinese businesses (BTRE – Bombardier Transportation Railway Equipment) will provide the bogie kits, licensing, technical support and related services for 200 MD523 broad-gauge bogies for rolling stock that will be operated by Bangladesh Railway. This is Alstom’s second contract for its MD523 broad-gauge bogie in six months.

Jianwei Zhang, President, Alstom China, said:

“We are very honoured to be awarded the pilot bogie kits project by CRRC Tangshan. This contract is recognition of our expertise in delivering key rail components for use in a wide range of applications. We sincerely thank the CRRC authority for their trust and support and are committed to delivering high-performance products to ensure the success of this ambitious project.”

The pilot project with CRRC Tangshan is to take place between November 2021 and June 2022. Alstom’s bogie team in Siegen, Germany will provide the engineering work and material supply. Alstom is confident this project will place it to make similar bids in the future and deepening its work with CRRC Tangshan.

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