DANISH State Railways (DSB) and Alstom have signed a €2.6bn framework contract for the supply of up to 150 EMUs and associated maintenance after an appeal lodged by Stadler was dismissed by Denmark’s Court of Appeal on June 11.

Stadler launched the appeal after DSB announced that it had selected Alstom as the winner of the tender on April 12. Described as the largest single investment in the history of DSB, the order comprises the initial firm purchase of 100 single-deck five-car Alstom Stream EMUs as well as 15 years maintenance for €1.4bn.

The contract includes options to purchase up to 150 trains and extend the maintenance period to 40 years. The new trains will replace diesel fleets, which will be removed from service as Denmark proceeds with its national electrification programme.

The first of the new fleet is scheduled to enter service in 2024 and will provide regional and express rail services from Frederikshavn in the north of Denmark to Rødby in the southeast via Copenhagen.

The first trains will enter service in 2024.

Alstom will assemble the 200km/h EMUs at its plant in Salzgitter, Germany. The trains will be adapted to Danish operating conditions and are based on Coradia Stream sets that Alstom is delivering to Netherlands Railways (NS). They will be equipped with Alstom’s Atlas onboard ETCS Baseline 3 equipment along with an STM to support use with Denmark’s legacy signalling system. The EMUs will have seats for 300 passengers.

DSB began planning the fleet order in 2014 and is partly financing the procurement through a €500m loan from the European Investment Bank.

“After many years of planning and preparation, we can now seriously start the practical work of getting the train of the future to Denmark,” says Mr Flemming Jensen, CEO of DSB. “A greener and more sustainable public transport is not a distant vision of the future - it is a reality that will be rolled out in the coming years and which starts with today's signing of the contract with Alstom.”

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