Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF has won a contract to supply four electric multiple units to train operating company Euskotren for a total of almost 32 million euros.
Each train will be four cars long and will be similar to the Series 950 trains that are already in operation on Euskotren lines. As part of the contract CAF will also supply any necessary spare rolling stock parts up to a maximum cost of 8 million euros. CAF will deliver these four trains within two years.
Once in passenger service, the electric trains will help meet the increased demand resulting from the completion of the work to extend the Topo network and the opening of a new section so that Amara is no longer the end of the line. Instead, there will be three new stations.
Euskotren started modernising its fleet in 2011, when the EMU 900 Series entered into service. The process has continued in recent years with the addition of 905 Series EMUs. The four trains in this current order will be very similar to the 950 Series. The aim is to improve the trains’ safety and technology features while still providing a sense of uniformity. The main difference will be that these trains will have an increased capacity because they will be four-car trains instead of three-car trains. They will therefore have a total capacity of 385.
Furthermore, these trains will comply with the latest regulations regarding accessibility, which include features such as colour contrast, spaces for people with impaired mobility, light warning at the entrance with an automatic ramp, sound alarm systems, anti-slip floors etc.
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