Netherland National Opeerator NS Shorlists Manufacturers For Intercity EMU Order

Netherland National Opeerator NS Shorlists Manufacturers For Intercity EMU Order: Dutch National Operator NS has shortlist four company to supply a new fleet of intercity EMUs. This companies are Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Stadler.

NS is seeking single-deck electric multiple-units suitable for inter-city services on both the conventional network and at speeds up to 200 km/h on the HSL-Zuid high speed line. The basic order would cover vehicles offering a total of approximately 25 000 seats, with options to order more. The EMUs should have wide doors for rapid entry and exit, with the ability for wheelchair users to board independently. NS would like the interiors to provide areas for relaxation and working, with real-time passenger information, luggage space, wi-fi, USB sockets in first and second class and CCTV.

As well as new trains, NS is extensively modernising its existing fleet. First generation VIRM double-deck cars are currently being overhauled and will soon return to traffic. The new trains are expected to start going into service from 2021.

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