RAIL leasing company Alpha Trains has signed an eight-year maintenance contract with Alstom to provide locomotive maintenance in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany.

The contract extends an agreement that began in October 2021 to maintain 50 locomotives, which has now been increased to 70. Alstom will use it sites at Antwerp, Bruges and Rotterdam to maintain the locomotives, which are mainly used on European Rail Freight Corridors 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9.

Alstom says it will provide preventive and corrective maintenance, long-term improvement actions for the fleet as well as access to Alstom’s mobile teams, who can be on site very quickly in the event of a breakdown. Alstom will also use its extensive network of depots located along the main rail freight corridors in Europe and the supplier says the contract will enable Alpha Trains to offer greater fleet reliability, availability and flexibility.

“For Alstom, this enhanced collaboration is an opportunity to optimise its relationship with Alpha Trains, and to further strengthen its maintenance services division and leverage its growing EU maintenance network,” says Mr Frank Strik, managing director services Benelux at Alstom.