Dutch Railways taps CAF for 600 million euro worth of new trains
Dutch Railways (NS) has ordered 60 new double-decker trains for Intercity services at Spanish manufacturer CAF for around 600 million euros. The order is split into 30 four-car units and another 30 six-car units for a total of 30,000 new seats. The first trains are expected to enter service in 2028.
NS aims to utilise the new low-floor CAF trains as replacement for a part of its current ‘DDZ’ double-decker train fleet. The units will run at a maximum speed of 160 kilometres per hour, which should enable NS to reduce travel times in its future timetable, as the current double-deckers have a speed of 140 kilometres per hour. Some of the amenities on board include charging sockets and WiFi.
NS previously worked with CAF on the design, development and construction of its 118 Sprinter ‘New Generation’ (SNG) commuter trains, which have been in use since 2018. Another batch of 88 SNG’s followed two years later. The two sets of trains represented a combined order value of more than 900 million euros.
A total of 4.7 billion has been invested in upgraded and new and new rolling stock by NS in recent years, with the company placing large orders with Stadler and Alstom as well. Next year should see the debut of the new intercity trains, the Alstom-built ICNG units. From 2025 onwards, the cross-border version of the ICNG will be entered into service on the route to Belgium, after which the newly announced CAF trains enter the Dutch tracks in 2028.
A version of this piece first appeared on Dutch sister publication SpoorPro.