Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €800 million to supply 79 Intercity New Generation trains to Netherlands Railways (NS). The trains which can reach a maximum speed of 200 km/h will be delivered from January 2020 on. They will run on the national network on the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Breda line and on the Den Haag-Eindhoven corridor.
The new Intercity trains integrate the latest technologies offering a very good riding quality to passengers and to NS staff. They feature spacious and well-lit multi-purpose areas for reading, resting, wheelchairs and bicycles, as well as dedicated restrooms for people with reduced mobility. The trains are equipped with WIFI and LED lighting. They present access for a quick passenger flow and are equipped with a dynamic real time passenger information system. All coaches are fitted with security cameras to increase passenger and crew safety. The trains meet the highest standards for interoperability and will be equipped with ATB and ERTMS systems. The trains are able to operate on 25KV AC (High Speed Line) and 1,5 KV DC (main railway network).
The new Intercity trains for NS belong to Alstom’s Coradia range of modular trains with a proven service track record of more than 16 years. Over 2,400 trains have been sold around the world and feature a high availability rate.
The trains are designed and developed in Saint-Ouen (France) and Salzgitter (Germany) by an international team of experts of six different nationalities and will be manufactured in Alstom’s site in Katowice (Poland). Other European sites will be involved in the project: Charleroi (Belgium) for on-board signalling, Ridderkerk (The Netherlands) for the commissioning, warranty, support, training and services, and in France, Valenciennes for the interiors fitting, Reichshoffen for the design of the driver’s cabin, Ornans for the motors, Tarbes for the design of the traction inverters and the manufacturing of power modules, Villeurbanne for embarked electronics and internet, and passenger information.