The largest order for trains in Denmark’s history has been awarded to Alstom, which has won a landmark framework agreement with Danish State Railways (DSB) valued at a total of €2.6 billion (£2.23 billion).
The first call-off from the agreement is an order for 100 Coradia Stream regional trains that, together with a 15-year full-service maintenance agreement, is valued at €1.4 billion (£1.2 billion). The framework agreement includes an additional 15 years of maintenance services and the possibility to order additional trainsets.
Delivery of DSB’s “Fremtidens Tog – Nye Tog” (Trains of the Future – New Trains) is scheduled to begin in the last quarter of 2024. Once in service, the new fleet will operate as a regional and fast rail service and connect Denmark’s Frederikshavn region in the north to Rødby in the southeast, passing through the capital city of Copenhagen en route.
“We are of course extremely pleased that DSB has selected Alstom to build their ‘Trains of the Future’,” said Rob Whyte, managing director of Alstom Nordics. “This further cements Alstom’s position as the reliable, world-leading train manufacturer of choice.
“Once in service, Coradia Stream will deliver an exceptional travel experience. This modern, premium quality, and stylish electric train combines innovation, sustainability and high comfort – something we look forward to presenting to passengers in Denmark.
“At the same time, we already have a number of long-term maintenance agreements around Europe, which means that we come with a robust services set-up that supports the fleet’s reliability.”
The Coradia Stream for DSB, which has a top speed of 200km/h (124mph), has been specially adapted to meet the needs of the Danish rail network. Each trainset will consist of five single-deck coaches with a total seating capacity of 300 passengers. The trains will be pre-fitted with Alstom’s Atlas ETCS Baseline 3 in-cab signalling system, as well as an STM interface that will enable them to operate under Denmark’s legacy signalling.
Alstom will assemble the trains for DSB at its factory in Salzgitter, Germany.