PORTUGESE Trains (CP) has confirmed the six bidders shortlisted to manufacture an €819m fleet of 117 EMUs, described as the largest fleet purchase in the history of CP.

The shortlisted bidders are:

  • A consortium of Alstom, Bombardier Transportation Portugal and Domingos Da Silva Teixeira (DST)
  • A consortium of CAF and CAF Turnkey & Engineering
  • A consortium of Talgo and Siemens Mobility
  • CRRC Tangshan
  • Hitachi Rail, and
  • Stadler Rail.

The tender is for 62 EMUs that will be used on urban services and 55 EMUs for regional services. The bidders will also be invited to construct a maintenance facility for the trains.

Of the 62 urban EMUs, 34 are for the Cascais Line in Lisbon where they will replace 29 existing trains; 16 EMUs will strengthen the remaining Sintra, Azambuja and Sado Lisbon Metropolitan Area lines; and 12 EMUs will be added to Porto’s urban fleet.

The first trains are due to be delivered in 2026, with the entire fleet in operation by 2029.

Launching the tender in July 2021, Portugal’s minister of infrastructure and housing, Mr Pedro Nuno Santos, said local manufacturers will contribute a considerable percentage of manufacturing of the trains.  

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