Skånetrafiken launched a procurement process in 2018 to purchase 18 coaches with an option for 60 coaches, under a call from a framework agreement signed in 2014 by Swedish vehicle leasing company Transitio with Bombardier, CAF and Stadler. Skånetrafiken received bids from all three manufacturers, which were evaluated on price, and technical and commercial quality.

Stadler’s offer, which featured trains with capacity for 850 passengers, was the lowest priced bid, and also met all requirements. On February 17, Skånetrafiken published a notice in the Journal of the European Union, informing that it intented to sign a contract worth SKr 2.2bn ($US 231.5m) with Stadler following a 10 day stand-down period.

Bombardier then applied to the Administrative Court in Malmö for a review of the contract, putting the signature of the contract on hold until the review is complete.

“We have carefully followed the applicable regulations and made decisions during the process,” says Skånetrafiken head of rail, Ms Maria Nyman. “We feel secure in the procurement.”

The new fleet was ordered in response to increasing passenger numbers travelling to and from Denmark. Traffic in the region increased by 7% last year, with the biggest increase on the Helsingborg - Lund - Malmö - Copenhagen line.

The fleet is due to enter service at the end of 2022, initially operating on the Helsingborg - Landskrona - Kävlinge - Lund - Burlöv - Malmö - Copenhagen Airport - Copenhagen line.

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