CFL requires around 22 trains with a maximum length of 85m with about 300 seats, and around 12 170m-long trains seating about 775 passengers. The contract will include options for up to 20 additional cars divided between the two train types.

CFL says it requires state-of-the-art, low-noise, lightweight trains which have a high degree of standardisation. “The drive system must have proven its worth in comparable vehicles to ensure the highest possible energy efficiency,” says CFL.

CFL says the objectives required for reliability, availability and energy and maintenance costs will be mandatory for a given lifetime, and the contractor must be able to demonstrate compliance with these objectives after delivery of the trains.

The trains must be designed for driver-only operation and have an ergonomically-designed cab. The low-floor EMU must have a minimal gap between the train and platform to achieve barrier-free access for disable passengers. Multi-purpose compartments will be provided which can be used for wheelchairs, child buggies and bicycles.

Interiors must be bright, friendly, generous and air-conditioned. The trains need to be equipped with a modern passenger information and video surveillance system, a passenger counting system, and GSM and Wi-Fi compliant with the latest standards.

Equipment must be easy to maintain and easily accessible for maintenance and repair. The trains must comply with all applicable and relevant TSIs, as well as all national and international standards.

CFL intends to award the contract in April 2018, with delivery of the first trains expected by the end of 2021 and completion of the order in 2015.

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