AUCKLAND Transport has awarded CAF a €130m contract for 23 new three-car EMUs and their maintenance. The contract includes an option for an additional five trains.

In 2011, CAF was awarded a contract for 57 EMUs, with a maintenance contract for 12 years, and this was followed in 2017 by an order for a further 15 trains. All 72 are currently in service in Auckland and have completed 33 million kilometres in traffic.

The latest order will be similar to the existing fleet and will feature two motor cars and an intermediate trailer.

The stainless-steel trains will have seating for 380 passengers, and each coach will have two passenger access doors per side. The intermediate vehicles will feature low-floor access for wheelchair users and passengers with reduced mobility.

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