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Bombardier, Alstom consortium wins major US$3.6B Belgian Railways contract

The companies will build up to 1,362 double-decker rail cars for European country's national railway

The major contract is the firm firm order for the 445 M7 double deck train cars.

The contract is the firm firm order for the 445 M7 double deck train cars. PHOTO: Bombardier

BERLIN—Bombardier Inc. and Alstom are about to take to the Belgian rails in a big way.

A consortium made up of the two companies has secured a major, US$3.6 billion contract with Belgian National Railways, commonly known as SNCB or NMBS, that will see the two companies build as many as 1,362 M7 double deck cars for the European railway.

Bombardier’s share of the contract is worth approximately $2.3 billion, while Altom’s tally is about $1.3 billion.

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

The deal consists of a firm order for the design and manufature of 445 cars with deliveries taking place between 2018 and 2021. The contract also stipulates options for 917 additional rail cars.

Bombardier’s Bruges, Belgium site will build 65 multifunctional steering cars as well as 290 trailer cars, while Alstom will build 90 motorized cab cars at its Valenciennes, France site.

“These new trains will increase the overall capacity on SNCB-NMBS’ network by adding an additional 145,000 seats,” Bombardier said.

The trains can operate at speeds of up to 200 kilometres per hour and can run on all of Beligum’s mainlines as well as cross the border to nearby Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, Bombardier’s Transportation division also announced a significant contract win in China, securing an 80-car, $165 million order from China Railway Corp.

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