Following a tender, which attracted five bids, NS selected 3i European Operational Projects Fund as the winning bidder for 54 Alstom Coradia Lint DMUs, which are leased by Abellio Germany, a subsidiary of Abellio, which is also owned by NS.

The sale will not affect the lease contract for the trains, which are used by Abellio in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt.

The closure of NS Financial Services has been approved by the Dutch Ministry of Finance, which acts as NS’ sole shareholder on behalf of the Dutch state.

The decision to wind up NS Financial Services was taken in 2017 following a number of high-profile corporate failures within NS, including the Limburg regional tendering scandal, the collapse of Fyra services on HSL South and poor punctuality.

The Dutch government has forced NS to focus on its core business and withdraw from other peripheral activities.

Meanwhile NS has established a Netherlands-based leasing company as part of a new strategy. The new subsidiary, NS Lease, will own all trains used on the so-called core network as well as six two-car Stadler Flirt EMUs for operation between Gouda and Alphen aan den Rijn and three Siemens ICE-3M high-speed trains.