Electric trains: French Alstom wins giant € 269 million contract in Denmark

The public rail company DSB plans to purchase a total of 150 trainsets, intended to replace an aging diesel fleet.

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French manufacturer Alstom has been awarded a € 269 million contract for the manufacture, delivery and maintenance of at least 100 electric trains in Denmark, the Danish government announced on Monday (April 12th). State-owned rail company DSB even plans to buy 150 in total, says press release. (in Danish), which represents an investment “superior to 20 billion Danish kroner (2.7 billion euros) ” for the purchase of oars and their maintenance.

The new Coradia Stream trains, due for delivery between 2024 and 2029, are expected to be used nationally to link eastern and western Denmark, as well as parts of regional rail traffic. “With the order for these new electric trainsets, we can hope within a few years of the abandonment of aging diesel trains”, said Peter Schütze, Chairman of the Board of Directors of DSB. This is the biggest financial investment ever made by this company.

Present in Denmark since 1999, Alstom has already delivered more than 650 trains there, including the Copenhagen regional express network (S-tog), and is currently working on the installation of an on-board signaling system meeting European ERTMS standards – for “European Rail Traffic Management System” or in French: European rail traffic management system.

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