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October 06, 2011

CAF enters Australasia with Auckland emu order

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SPANISH rolling stock manufacturer CAF has secured its first train order from Australasia with the signing today of a contract for 57 three-car emus for Auckland.
caf-auckland2.jpgThe 25kV trains will be delivered from late 2013 and will replace dmus and locomotive-hauled trains on the city's suburban network, which is currently being electrified. As part of the contract, CAF will maintain the trains until at least 2026 at a purpose-built depot to be constructed south of the city at Wiri.

The $NZ 640m ($US 493m) procurement was managed by KiwiRail, which worked closely with Auckland Regional Transport Authority, and latterly its successor Auckland Transport. The process began in 2009, when the New Zealand government agreed to provide a $NZ 500m loan to buy 38 trains and build the depot. A further $NZ 90m grant was also provided to allow Transport Auckland to increase the order to 57 sets. The remainder of the funding will come from local sources.

"The purchase of the 19 extra trains resulted from a positive business case, showing the savings involved in operating a homogenous fleet, additional central and local government funding, and the intensity of competition providing a very good price," says Auckland Transport chairman Mr Mark Ford.

The other bidder shortlisted for the contract was Hyundai Rotem, Korea, which is currently supplying a fleet of 48 FP class Matangi suburban emus to Wellington.

Auckland's rail network is currently undergoing a $NZ 1.6bn upgrade, which includes track-doubling and electrifying the Papakura - Swanson line, as well as a new spur line in Manukau city centre. The Onehunga line is also being reactivated for passenger services, and existing stations are being rebuilt.

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