Alstom has won an order of 1.4 billion euros to supply 100 regional trains to the Danish railway company DSB, the French manufacturer announced Thursday, referring to "
the largest railway contract in the history of Denmark
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This firm order, which includes complete maintenance of the trainsets for fifteen years, is part of a framework contract with a total value of 2.6 billion euros, with the optional supply of 50 trains and fifteen years of service. additional maintenance, according to Alstom. The Danish railways have embarked on a major investment plan, and "
we believe that (...) the fleet they need is indeed the one provided for in the framework contract
", that is to say - say 150 trains in the future, told AFP Gian Luca Erbacci, president of Alstom Europe.
The base of 100 trains is already a remarkable batch
", he noted, adding that the exercise of the options "
will depend a lot on Alstom
" and on its capacity to satisfy its Danish customer. "
It is a very important market for us
", contracts of more than one billion euros being rather rare, he underlined. Alstom was essentially opposed to the Swiss manufacturer Stadler and the German Siemens, according to him.
The 100 electric trains called “
” (trains of the future), which will be manufactured at Alstom's plant in Salzgitter, Germany, must be delivered between the end of 2024 and 2029. The DSBs have chosen a variation of the Coradia Stream model d 'Alstom - nearly 400 units sold in Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands - capable of traveling at 200 km / h, adapted to local conditions.
We are at the top of the product range in terms of quality, finishes, interior fittings and passenger comfort
," noted Mr. Erbacci.
Present in Denmark since 1999, Alstom has already delivered more than 520 trains there and is currently working on the installation of an on-board signaling system meeting European ERTMS standards (for "
European Rail Traffic Management System
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More generally, "
the market is positive
" in Europe, even if "
there will not be only contracts of a billion
", noted the official, citing Scandinavia, Eastern Europe , Italy, Spain, Belgium or the United Kingdom.