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Stadler has announced that they have signed a contract with state-owned railway company Comboios de Portugal (CP) for 22 FLIRT trains.
The order for the 22 trains amounts to about 158m Euros and will be Stadler’s first FLIRT trains on the Iberian Peninsula.
There will be 10 electrical multiple units and 12 bimodal units. The order includes 4 years of maintenance as well as training.
The modular design of the trains means that in the future the diesel generators could be replaced with batteries.
The trains have the capacity for 375 passengers and can reach speeds of up to 160 kph, they have space for wheelchairs and cycles. Wifi will be available onboard as well as the option for vending machines.
More than 1900 FLIRT trains have been sold to 21 countries, making it Stadler’s best selling train. In the UK FLIRT trains are in use/on order with Greater Anglia and Transport for Wales.
Ansgar Brockmeyer, sales director at Stadler, says: “We are proud that our FLIRT has been selected for the renewal of the regional train fleet. I am convinced that Portuguese passengers will appreciate the innovative and modern FLIRT – as millions of people in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, among other countries, already do. The Portuguese market is extremely important for Stadler. We are happy that we can contribute to the modernization of the Portuguese railway industry”.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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