Bombardier Transportation announced today that it received an additional order from Region Skåne for the production and delivery of eight, three-car electric multiple units. The order is valued at approximately $77 million US (approximately 530 M SEK or 58 million Euros). Region Skåne previously ordered a total of 32 Oeresund trains. The Oeresund trains have been operating since the opening of the Oeresund bridge in July 2000.
The trains, which can reach a maximum speed of 180 km/h, are capable of crossing the bridge between Denmark and Sweden despite the different rail infrastructures used in the two countries. The trains automatically shift signalling and power systems when crossing the border thanks to a sophisticated dual system integrated into the vehicles. Other features of the interregional train include a middle-car design with low floors, and entrances giving access to disabled passengers and passengers carrying heavy luggage to the Copenhagen Airport.
The vehicles and propulsion equipment are designed by Bombardier in Sweden. Propulsion equipment will also be manufactured at Bombardier’s production site in Västerås. Cars will be produced in Germany at Bombardier’s Hennigsdorf and Görlitz production sites. Bogies also will be produced in Germany at facilities in Siegen.
Commenting on the order, Olof Persson, President, Mainline and Metros, Bombardier Transportation, said: “Skånetrafiken is one of the most progressive regional transportation authorities in Sweden with an excellent track record and a very interesting future. Bombardier’s relationship with Skånetrafiken is built on historical cooperation, including deliveries of 26 Pågatåg trains and the 32 Oeresund trains already ordered.”
President of Skånetrafiken, Gösta Ahlberg commented on the purchase of the new trains: “Since 2000, the Oeresund trains have been an unmatched success and a vital part of the booming Oeresund and Skåne region. The increase in travel volume in this region is 6% annually, and travelling over the bridge increased by 10.7% last year. We expect this to continue in the near future. Also, the residents of Skåne are pleased with their public transport. It was recently established in a national survey on public transport that 77% of the passengers were satisfied or very satisfied with the public transport in the region. These new trains are essential to meeting the demands for the future.”
The total number of Oeresund trains ordered by Region Skåne now stands at 40 three-car vehicles. The Danish State Railways, Blekingetrafiken, Länstrafiken Kronoberg, SJ and Hallandstrafiken have also ordered a total of 79 Oeresund trains, 56 of which have been delivered.
Bombardier Transportation in Sweden employs approximately 2,000 people at sites in Västerås, Stockholm, Kalmar, Hässleholm and Gothenburg. Bombardier offers a complete product portfolio to the Swedish market and has operations in Sweden that carry out design, manufacturing, project management and after-sales activities. Sweden also serves as a technology hub for Bombardier, developing signalling equipment and propulsion & controls for the global market.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2004 were $15.5 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto and Frankfurt stock exchanges (BBD and BBDd.F). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
Hélène V. Gagnon
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