DSB had shortlisted Bombardier, Siemens and Talgo for the framework contract, but Bombardier chose to withdraw from the tender process as it could not put together an attractive offer based on its product platforms. CAF, which prequalified fourth, has now been added to the shortlist.

The timeline has been extended slightly due to the change, but the fleet is still expected to enter service in 2022. DSB now expects to receive first offers from suppliers in the first quarter of 2019, after which there will be dialogue with all three suppliers before they deliver a final bid in the second half of 2019.

DSB says the new vehicles will primarily be used on cross-border services to Hamburg, operating with its recently-ordered Siemens Vectron electric locomotives. The new trains will enable DSB to reduce its dependence on the troubled IC4 DMUs.

The initial order will comprise eight sets of coaches, with each set seating at least 440 passengers.

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