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May 20, 2009

DSB wins $US 411 million compensation for late trains

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DANISH State Railways (DSB) is to receive DKr 2.25 billion ($US 411 million) compensation from Ansaldobreda, Italy, for late delivery of 83 IC4 dmus. The entire fleet was due to be in traffic in 2006 but will not now enter service until 2012.
DSB chief executive Mr Soren Eriksen blames poor quality control from Ansaldobreda, citing software and exhaust problems, along with stained carpets and damaged packing and seals. In April, Eriksen said: “I’ve stopped believing in the IC4”.

The railway must now look for contingency cover for the trains, which will include leasing double-deck hauled coaches from Bombardier, and hiring three ICE-TD tilting dmus from German Rail (DB).

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