Bombardier Wins Big Orders…

This last week has seen big orders placed with Bombardier…

On 18th December 2015 it was announced that a consortium of Bombardier and Alstom had received a first firm order from SNCB-NMBS for 445 M7 double deck train cars.

This is the Press Release…

  New contract will enable SNCB-NMBS to offer a total of 145,000 extra seats to its passengers

  • First firm order is for 445 M7 double deck train cars


Bombardier Transportation – Alstom consortium, signed a framework contract to supply up to 1,362 M7 double deck cars to the Belgian National Railways (SNCB-NMBS). The total order is valued at 3.3 billion euro ($3.6 billion US). Bombardier’s part is worth around 2.1 billion euro ($2.3 billion US) while Alstom’s share is worth 1.2 billion euro ($1.3 billion US).

The first firm order signed today includes the design and manufacturing of 445 cars and is valued at approximately 1.3 billion euro ($1.4 billion US). Bombardier’s share is valued at 787 million euro ($853 million US) while Alstom’s share is valued at 471 million euro ($511 million US). Deliveries for this first order will take place between September 2018 and 2021. The frame contract also includes options for up to 917 additional cars.

Bombardier’s site in Bruges (Belgium), will provide 65 multifunctional steering cars and 290 trailer cars. Alstom will design and build 90 motorized cab cars in its Valenciennes site (France) with the support of its electrical and signalling centre of excellence based in Charleroi (Belgium). Alstom will also develop and produce the ETCS level 2 system to equip the total fleet.

Laurent Troger, President, Bombardier Transportation, said, “This framework contract for almost 1,400 double deck coaches will provide the people of Belgium with the highest standard of modern mobility solutions. It also confirms SNCB-NMBS’ trust in Bombardier’s products and technology, further strengthening our long term partnership”.

“This order clearly reflects the strong confidence the SNCB-NMBS has in our double-deck trains and the level of comfort they offer. It is also an indication that the vehicles are really appreciated by the passengers and represent the ideal answer to increasing ridership”, said Andreas Knitter, Senior Vice-President Alstom Europe.

These new trains will increase the overall capacity on SNCB-NMBS’ network by adding an additional 145,000 seats. The trains will be able to run at speeds of up to 200km/h and will operate on all Belgian mainlines, cross border with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, including on some high speed lines.The M7 concept is based on the very successful and highly reliable M6 double deck cars, of which 492 were delivered by the same Bombardier – Alstom consortium. The completely redesigned interior of both first and second class cars was validated by the customer after consulting over 200 representatives from different user groups. The new interior and an improved passenger information system will provide travellers with enhanced passenger comfort while the multifunctional steering cars will feature wheelchair access and space for bicycles.

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The M7 cars are fully flexible. They can be operated either as M7 EMU[1]’s or as loco-hauled trains composed of both M7 and existing M6 double deck cars. A predictive train diagnostic system will improve preventive maintenance activities and reduce the life cycle costs. These extra features turn this new generation double deck trains into one of the most cost-effective solutions for our customer.


Then, on 21st December 2015

Bombardier to Supply 47 Additional FLEXITY Berlin Trams for the German Capital

Bombardier to Supply 47 Additional FLEXITY Berlin Trams for the German Capital

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The Berlin Transport Authority (BVG) order now stands at 189 FLEXITY Berlin trams

  • FLEXITY concept enables swift and easy extension from five to seven-module vehicles
  • Yet another milestone in the long-standing partnership with BVG



Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation will supply additional 47 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY trams for the City of Berlin. This is an option order based on the framework agreement for a maximum of 206 vehicles signed in 2006.The order is valued at approximately 176 million euro ($ 190 million US). BVG originally ordered four pre-series vehicles for testing followed by 99 trams in 2009 and a call-off for 39 trams in 2012. The total number of vehicles now stands at 189. In response to the constantly rising number of passengers, 20 trams from a previous order will be modified from five to seven-module vehicles.

“By ordering another 47 FLEXITY and the conversion of short to long trams, BVG proactively responds to the requirement arising from the growing city of Berlin for local public transport,” Klaus-Dietrich Matschke, Director for Trams at BVG, pointed out.

Carsten Bopp, Head of Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, said: “Having handed over the 100th tram to BVG in summer 2015, this call-off is yet another important milestone in the long and successful cooperation in the German capital. The increasing number of passengers confirms the attractiveness of public transport in Berlin, the city with the fourth largest tram network worldwide, and we are proud to be an integral part of this success story.“

The FLEXITY Berlin concept was jointly developed by BVG and Bombardier Transportation. This has resulted in a 100% barrier-free, leading edge tram providing easy access which is highly popular in Berlin and has already received several design awards. The interior offers ample space as well as multipurpose areas and air-conditioning both in the passenger area and the driver’s cab. The vehicles boast low electricity consumption and feed braking energy back into the system.

To date more than 1,500 FLEXITY 100% low-floor trams have been sold. About 5,000 Bombardier trams and LRVs are in revenue service or on order in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.


Finally, on 22nd December 2015

Bombardier to Supply Six Additional FLEXITY Swift Vehicles for Rotterdam

Total number of Bombardier vehicles ordered by RET now stands at 167

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Bombardier continues long-standing partnership with Rotterdam Transport Company RET

  • Total number of Bombardier vehicles ordered by RET now stands at 167



Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has received an order to supply six BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) to the Rotterdam Transport Company RET. The contract is valued at approximately 26.1 million euro ($ 28.4 million US). This order is the exercise of an option included in a contract for 42 vehicles signed with RET in December 2007. The delivery of the six additional vehicles is scheduled for 2017.

Pedro Peters, CEO RET said, “The metro in Rotterdam is becoming more popular every year. This success shows that our clients appreciate its high frequency and comfort. Metro line E from the Hague to the south of Rotterdam is our latest connection. When we started this line in 2006 it was used by 10.000 travelers per day. Nowadays up to 39.000 travelers per day use it. We need these six extra metros to increase the frequency on the line and to offer comfortable vehicles.”

Carsten Bopp, Head of Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation, commented, “This fourth order underscores RET’s confidence in our proven FLEXITY vehicles and constitutes yet another milestone in our long-standing and successful partnership. Together with RET, we have developed a metro which can be adapted to perfectly meet operator and passenger demand and help relieve congestion in the conurbation of Rotterdam.”

The metros will be part of the RandstadRail fleet and help increase the frequency of transport on the metro line E between The Hague and Rotterdam. Bombardier Transportation has previously delivered 81 metros to RET between 1998 and 2002, 22 vehicles for the new RandstadRail line and 42 vehicles for the existing metro lines between 2008 and 2012. An additional 16 vehicles were ordered in 2014 for the Hoekse Lijn and and will be delivered until by end of next year

The vehicles consist of three modules, are 43 m long, and can accommodate up to 270 passengers (104 seated and 166 standing). Each vehicle has two multi-purpose areas providing ample space for wheelchairs and prams while seven double doors on each side of the vehicle ensure a smooth passenger flow. The LRV is equipped with the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion system and its BOMBARDIER FLEXX Urban bogies ensure a smooth ride and low noise levels. A modern passenger information system also provides passengers with timely and relevant travelling information.

To date more than 1,000 FLEXITY Swift light rail vehicles have been sold worldwide. About 5,000 Bombardier trams and LRVs are in revenue service or on order in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.