High-speed train at railway with flowers besides the tracks

Bombardier wins contract to provide 40 high-speed regional trains in Sweden

Bombardier Transportation announced Tuesday that it has signed a contract with Swedish public transport agency Västtrafik to supply 40 high-speed electric multiple unit trains to cater to growing regional traffic in Sweden’s region of Västra Götaland.

The three-car trains are designed for high capacity, passenger comfort, low operational cost, and the ability to operate under harsh weather conditions. The trains will operate at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour, offer seating for 270 passengers and includes features such as wi-fi, low-floor and multi-purpose areas. The train will ‘support a smart and sustainable lifestyle in the region for decades’, according to Bombardier.

Regional growth

“Since Västtrafik was formed in 1999 the ridership by train has more than doubled”, Chairman of the Board of Västtrafik Lars Holmin said. “We are continuously challenged to meet the target of 135,000 journeys per-day provided by the county. The new trains will contribute to even more attractive journeys for our customers.”

Marina Sundman, sales director of Bombardier Transportation: “Our longstanding partnership with Västtrafik, supported by our teams in the Sävenäs and Falköping depots in Västra Götaland have laid the foundation for designing the new train. We want to support regional growth by providing the ideal mobility solution that will ensure the comfort and ease of every passenger’s journey.”

Revenue

The estimated revenue for this contract is about 452 million US dollars, or 368 million Euros, and includes an option for 60 additional trains. Delivery is planned to begin in 2021.

Author: Carlijn Kruidhof

Carlijn Kruidhof is editor for RailTech.com and SpoorPro.nl. She also writes for the other business-to-business titles of ProMedia Group.

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