Swedish regional transport operator places order with aircraft and transport manufacturer, with option to extend
Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with Sweden’s Västtrafik to supply 40 high-speed electric multiple unit (EMU) trains for use in the Västra Götaland region.
The contract is estimated to be worth about 3.8 billion Swedish krona (US$452 million) and includes an option for 60 additional trains. Delivery is planned to begin in 2021.
The trains will operate at speeds of up to 200 kph, offer seating for 270 passengers and includes features such as wi-fi, low-floor and multi-purpose areas. Bombarider notes that the three-car design is allows for high capacity, low operational cost and the ability to cope with the harsh, cold weather conditions of the Nordics.
Västtrafik board chairman Lars Holmin said: “Since Västtrafik was formed in 1999 the ridership by train has more than doubled. We are continuously challenged to meet the target of 135,000 journeys per-day provided by the county. We see a steady increase in train passengers and we are on the right track. The new trains will contribute to even more attractive journeys for our customers.”
Marina Sundman, Sales Director, Bombardier Transportation said, “We are proud to support Västtrafik’s efforts to meet a higher demand for public transport. Our longstanding partnership with Västtrafik, supported by our teams in the Sävenäs and Falköping depots in Västra Götaland have laid the foundation for designing the new train. We want to support regional growth by providing the ideal mobility solution that will ensure the comfort and ease of every passenger’s journey.”
In addition to its rail network, Västtrafik recently announced that it would test more electric buses in Gothenburg, as of Spring this year. Two ABB 450kW fast chargers will be installed at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Eriksberg Square, on line 16 of the city’s bus network, on which two prototype electric articulated high capacity buses from Volvo will operate.
The order follows a successful two-year trial under the ElectriCity venture, during which 10 all-electric or partially electrified buses have run on the city’s bus route 55.