Bombardier Wins Contract to Provide 396 MOVIA Metro Cars for Singapore’s North-South and East-West Lines

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  • New order of 396 metro cars bring the number of MOVIA vehicles in Singapore to 672, making it one of Bombardier’s largest metro fleet in the world
  • The two high-capacity Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines total 102 km and serve 61 stations with an average daily combined ridership of 1.8 million 

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation today announced that it has signed a contract with Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA). The contract’s scope covers the supply of 396 BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro cars for passenger services on the high-capacity North-South (NSL) and East-West (EWL) Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) lines. The contract is valued at approximately 827 million SGD ($607 million US, 519 million euro). The contract includes an option for long-term service support, and if exercised by SMRT Corporation Ltd, the total contract could be worth up to 1.2 billion SGD ($881 million US, 753 million euro).

Commenting on the award, Laurent Troger, President of Bombardier Transportation, said, “The proven MOVIA metro is a world leading high-performing mobility solution designed to improve public transport reliability in densely populated and fast-growing cities. For more than 20 years, Bombardier has been a strategic mobility partner to the Singapore Land Transport Authority, built on a strong track record of delivery performance, best-in-class rail technology and service excellence. Bombardier is proud to be a significant contributor to Singapore’s public transport network and to support LTA’s ambitious expansion plans to grow its rail network to 360 km by 2030.”

The modern MOVIA metro vehicles integrate some of the world’s most advanced mobility technologies including the BOMBARDIER MITRAC propulsion and control system that manages the flow of both onboard and subsystem information as well as data between the vehicle and the rail infrastructure. In its six-car configuration, the new order of 396 metro cars bring the number of MOVIA vehicles in Singapore to 672, making it one of Bombardier’s largest metro fleet in the world and provide a much-needed reliability improvement on two of LTA’s high-capacity lines. Combined, the two lines, running both above and underground, total 102 km in length and serve 61 stations, with an average daily combined ridership of more than 1.8 million.

Over the last 20 years in Singapore, Bombardier has delivered 276 driverless MOVIA metro cars for Singapore’s Downtown Line and 13 INNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover cars for the Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. Earlier this year, a new asset replacement contract was awarded to supply 19 new INNOVIA APM 300 cars, to retrofit 13 existing APM 100 cars, as well as to deliver a signalling system upgrade for 13 stops on the Bukit Panjang LRT Line.

Bombardier Wins Major Rail and Maintenance Contract in the UK

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  • Contract for 750 cars is the largest AVENTRAtrain order ever
  • AVENTRA train designed to help FirstGroup and MTR deliver greater passenger capacity and comfort on the South Western network

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract with FirstGroup and MTR to supply and maintain 750 BOMBARDIER AVENTRA vehicles, for operation on the South Western franchise in the United Kingdom. This is the largest ever single contract globally for AVENTRA trains.

The contract is valued at approximately £895 million GBP ($1.1 billion US, 1 billion euro).  In addition, Bombardier will execute a Technical Services and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) for the duration of the seven year franchise, with an option to extend for 11 periods in line with the existing franchise extension option. The UK-based rolling stock investment consortium Rock Rail will finance the multi-million pound procurement.

Steve Montgomery, First Rail Managing Director said, “We have exciting plans for the South Western rail franchise and these new trains are an important step on the way to delivering an improved journey experience for our passengers.  We know from listening to passengers and stakeholders that alongside improved performance, what they want to see is additional seats and we will deliver this via these state-of-the-art trains.”

Richard Hunter, UK Managing Director, Bombardier Transportation, commented “We are thrilled to have won this important contract.  It demonstrates further confidence placed in this market leading rolling stock, designed and built in Britain.  AVENTRA offers enhanced performance and increased passenger capacity, which will play an important part in helping First/MTR satisfy continued levels of passenger growth on the South Western network.  The contract builds upon our strong credentials, following the selection of AVENTRA for Crossrail and LOTRAIN in London, as well as for the East Anglia franchise.  We look forward to deepening our collaborative relationship with First/MTR.”

In addition to delivering a significant performance increase with innovative energy benefits such as regenerative braking, Bombardier’s new AVENTRA electric multiple unit will transform the passenger experience with features including wide-open gangways between carriages, air conditioning, WiFi, 2 + 2 seating, USB sockets at seat locations, universal toilets and improved passenger information system. The new units will be supplied in both 5-car and 10-car configurations.

The FirstGroup and MTR partnership will take over the South Western franchise on 20 August 2017.  The new trains will operate on the Windsor, Reading and West London suburban routes. The new trains will start to come into service from mid-2019 and will all be in place by December 2020.

Bombardier Confirms Rail Vehicle Service and Maintenance Contract in Lower Saxony, Germany

Contract covers maintenance for 257 TWINDEXX Vario double-deck coaches and TRAXX locomotives

As announced on June 29, 2016, rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation is proud to confirm that it has received an order from German regional rail authority Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH (LNVG) to provide rail vehicle service and fleet maintenance. Bombardier also assumes, for a period ending 2035, the registered keeper role of a total of 220 BOMBARDIER TWINDEXX Vario double-deck cars, 29 BOMBARDIER TRAXX electric locomotives and eightTRAXX diesel locomotives from LNVG’s vehicle pool.

Hans-Joachim Menn, Chief Executive Officer of LNVG, the company who organizes local rail traffic in Germany between Harz Germany and the North Sea, emphasized the importance of the order, saying, “The high availability and efficiency of our rail passenger locomotives and double-deck cars is an important prerequisite for passenger satisfaction. We will reach an unparalleled level of availability and this will have a positive impact on ridership.”

Michael Fohrer, President, Locomotives, Light Rail Vehicles and Services, Central and Eastern Europe, Bombardier Transportation, said, “This truly proves our ability to identify key areas on the value chain where we can provide added value and benefits to our customer. For many years we have been a strong partner to LNVG and the region of Lower Saxony and are proud to once again have been chosen to provide our strong services offering to increase reliability and service in the region.”

LNVG has outsourced their fleet maintenance to Bombardier since delivery of the first trains in 2003. The now-signed service and maintenance contract covers the complete lifecycle of LNVG’s vehicles with an economic lifetime of around 30 years. The takeover of the registered keeper role for the vehicles and the consequent Entity in Charge of Maintenance (ECM) responsibility is a first for Bombardier. In future public rail transport award procedures LNVG can now deploy the vehicles to the selected railway companies in full legal compliance.

Bombardier Awarded Contract for the Supply of 125 BiLevel Cars to Metrolinx

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Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that Metrolinx, the Province of Ontario’s regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), has exercised options for the purchase of an additional 125 next-generationBOMBARDIER BiLevel commuter rail cars for service with GO Transit in Toronto. This order is valued at $428 million CAD ($328 million US, 294 million euro). Production is scheduled to start in Thunder Bay in Q2, 2018 and final delivery is expected in Q1, 2020.

“Bombardier is Thunder Bay’s largest private sector employer. This investment, the latest in a long series of investments by our government in mass transit will help ensure that a significant workforce remains at Bombardier contributing greatly to the economy of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario,” said Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan.

“This is exciting news for Bombardier and our region,” said Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North. “Investments like this, will create jobs and keep people right here in Thunder Bay working and our community strong for years to come.”

The BiLevel coach is the most popular double-deck commuter rail car in North America with over 1,300 currently in operation, or on order with, transit authorities in 14 metropolitan regions across Canada and the United States. These newest generation cars feature upgrades to door and air conditioning systems, increases in energy efficiency, and enhancements to amenities that make the passenger experience even better. This order for additional BiLevel cars will support GO Transit’s overall service expansion plan to meet ridership growth.

Every day, close to 1.5 million Ontarians rely on Bombardier rail vehicles to make their daily commute on the Toronto subway, streetcar systems or GO Transit commuter trains. To help rail transit agencies maximize the utilization of their assets, Bombardier provides a full range of products and services for the entire lifecycle of train operations and ensures substantial investments in advanced engineering, research and development and technology testing. In GTHA, Bombardier maintains and operates GO Transit’s commuter train fleet, the largest commuter rail system in Canada.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Ontario”, said Benoît Brossoit, President, Bombardier Transportation, Americas Region. “By providing industry-leading performance with our rail vehicles and services, Bombardier has been an ally in the development of public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for over 20 years. Today, with our manufacturing sites and thousands of local employees, our commitment to Ontario remains as strong as ever.”

Bombardier Transportation is the only global rail manufacturer with an important presence in Canada. In Ontario, Bombardier relies on a workforce of close to 6,000 highly qualified employees and three manufacturing sites, Thunder Bay, Kingston and Downsview.

Abellio orders 43 TALENT 2 EMUs for Baden-Württemberg

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  • Abellio to receive new fleet of regional trains valued at 215 million euro
  • All trains to be equipped with Wi-Fi
  • Another successful tender for Bombardier in Germany’s Baden-Württemberg region

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won a contract to supply European rail operator Abellio Rail Südwest GmbH with 43 BOMBARDIER TALENT 2multiple unit trains. The order is valued at approximately 215 million euro ($244 million US).

Starting in June 2019, the new electric multiple units will gradually enter passenger operation on the Stuttgart regional network in Baden-Württemberg’s Neckar Valley region in Germany. Bombardier will supply all 43 trains to Abellio by June 2020. The multiple-unit trains will be built at the Bombardier site in Hennigsdorf, Germany and the bogies are to be produced at the Bombardier plant in Siegen, Germany.

“Abellio has already established a long-standing successful collaboration with Bombardier, which we will now continue in the Neckar Valley region network. We consider the company a reliable partner and together with them we will happily provide our passengers with a comfortable and safe travel experience on the way to their destination,” said Abellio CEO Stephan Krenz at an event to mark the contract signing. “With these new vehicles, we also want to set new standards in Baden-Württemberg that attain the same quality of leadership as we have achieved on the North Rhine-Westphalia networks,” explained Krenz.

“This order is a great achievement for Bombardier’s rail business and it also signifies the continuation of our successful and cooperative relationship with Abellio,” said Germar Wacker, President of Mainline and Metros, Central/Eastern Europe at Bombardier Transportation. “We are pleased that Abellio relies on our modern TALENT 2 trains to further expand its mobility offering in Germany. These vehicles feature a high degree of passenger comfort and score points with their strong performance in terms of energy efficiency and reliability.”

The TALENT 2 trains for Abellio will be configured into 24 three-car and 19 five-car train sets, each with 163 or 273 seats respectively. These vehicles will be equipped with Wi-Fi and provide easy access for travellers with limited mobility as well as space for either 24 or 39 bicycles. In total, more than 350 of Bombardier’s TALENT 2 trains are already in service on Germany’s rail network. These trains form the backbone of the German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn’s regional fleet and are also in use by private transport companies such as Abellio, National Express and the Southwestern German Transport Company (SWEG). Thanks to their modular design principle, the TALENT 2 train can be flexibly adapted and used as both commuter and regional transport.

The contract with Abellio is another achievement for Bombardier in the most recent tenders in Baden-Württemberg. The company asserted itself last year as a train supplier for Deutsche Bahn Regio AG with the TALENT 2 trains during the tender for the regional network Gäu-Murr. The so-called “Baden-Württemberg Model” is supporting the vehicle financing for both networks. This arrangement sees the transport company selling the vehicles to the regional rail authority of Baden-Württemberg (Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden Württemberg, SFBW) with the regional rail authority leasing them back to the transport company.