DANISH State Railways (DSB) has announced that three bidders have been prequalified for its tender to supply the new fleet of fully-automated trains for the Copenhagen S-Bane network.

Alstom Transport Danmark, CAF and a consortium of Siemens Mobility and Stadler are now competing for the contract to supply a minimum of 226 trains equipped to operate at Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4).

Expected to be worth €3.5bn, the contract will include maintenance over 30 years and an option for up to 100 additional trains. There will be a further option to install driver’s cabs in the new fleet.

DSB is conducting procurement by means of a competitive dialogue, which it says will enable it to develop tender specifications with the bidders in order to provide the “best and most robust solutions” for the future S-Bane fleet.

The Danish national operator expects to be able to award the contract during the first half of 2025, with the first new trains entering service on the Ring Line around 2030.

“We have three strong and competent bidders in the field,” says Mr Jürgen Müller, director of strategy and rolling stock at DSB.

“It provides healthy competition and a robust tender process, which will hopefully lead to attractive offers. All three prequalified bidders have proven over time that they have the skills and muscle to develop, produce and deliver high- quality trains.”

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