In November 2018 DSB shortlisted Bombardier, Siemens and Talgo for the contract to supply eight sets of push-pull coaches, which will mostly be used on international services from Copenhagen to Hamburg.

However, CAF was added to the shortlist after Bombardier pulled out of the contest on December 4.

“It is with regret that DSB has received confirmation that CAF is withdrawing from the tender process as they were a strong participant,” says Mr Jürgen Müller, director of strategy and train equipment for DSB. “However, we are now looking forward to continuing the process with the two highly-qualified remaining candidates.”

Meanwhile in a separate development, Denmark’s Complaints Board for Procurement ruled on January 18 that Alstom will be allowed to remain in the competition for a contract to supply at least 100 inter-city trains to DSB after errors were found in the supplier’s prequalification submission. DSB had rejected Alstom’s request to correct the errors, arguing that it was “not objectively legal in relation to the rules on procurement law.”

Alstom is competing with Bombardier, Siemens and Stadler for the contract.