DANISH State Railways DSB and AnsaldoBreda agreed on IC4 train delivery

DSB purchased from Italian train company Ansaldobreda. This summer, it was calculated that the numerous delays will end up costing DSB one billion kroner more than the original price tags for the 83 train sets. The IC4s that have hit Danish tracks were forced to be pulled out of use because of braking malfunctions. Although they were able to get back on the railways, it led to DSB declaring in June that due to the delays and the unsatisfactory quality of the trains, it would refuse to pay Ansaldobreda.

After months of trying to get out of the contract, the two companies struck an agreement this week that states that all remaining train sets must be delivered by October 2013. If they are not, DSB can annul the rest of the order. The Italians still need to deliver 22 IC4 train sets and 14 IC2 train sets.

According to DSB, the Italian company has granted DSB 550 million kroner in compensation for the delays.

“The agreement clarifies a number of significant issues and uncertainties, but doesn’t change the fact that the deliver of the IC4s has been a disastrous situation for all involved parties,” DSB’s Frank Olesen said in a statement.

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Source : http://cphpost.dk

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