October 08, 2013

Dutch court rejects AnsaldoBreda’s appeal on Fyra

Written by  Quintus Vosman
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THE Court of Justice in Amsterdam has rejected a second attempt by AnsaldoBreda to obtain information from the various reports on the performance of the V250 high-speed trains from both Netherlands Railways (NS) and Belgian National Railways (SNCB).

The court ruled in the appeal initiated by AnsaldoBreda that both NS and SNCB are not obliged to share the information from these documents with AnsaldoBreda, and that the train constructor has no right to such information.

With this ruling the Amsterdam court confirms the verdict of the Court of Justice in Utrecht on July 3 2013, where AnsaldoBreda made its first legal attempt to obtain the reports. Moreover the Amsterdam court considers that the reports might potentially contain sensitive information about the two railways. The court says the documents were made for internal use only, despite the cooperation of AnsaldoBreda in examining the trains.

AnsaldoBreda is currently suing NS Financial Services and NS for failing to fulfil their obligations under the contract for the 16 V250 high-speed trains which it supplied for the now-aborted Amsterdam - Brussels Fyra service.

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