CAF in poleposition for Dutch rolling stock contract
Dutch Railways (NS) has tapped CAF as the preferred supplier of 60 new double-decker trains, the operator announced on Wednesday. Assuming there will no appeals by the manufacturers that lost out, NS and CAF will draw up a contract in the coming weeks. An agreement is expected before the end of the years.
The deal will be for thirty four-car double-deckers and another thirty six-car train sets for a total of 30.000 seats. The trains will be able to reach a top speed of 160 kilometres per hour. The news units will be put into service some time in 2028. CAF and NS are no strangers to one another. The operator uses 118 so-called Sprinters manufactured by CAF.
In other news, NS recorded a drop in revenue and earnings in the first six months. The operator is also struggling with staffing issues, necessitating a 10-percent cut in services in the 2023 timetable. NS told Dutch sister publication SpoorPro that 13 to 15 percent few trains are becoming increasingly likely.
On the upside, NS’ long-term energy contract for traction power has shielded it from a potential cost increase to the tune of 1 billion euros, the company said in its H1 report.