Brussels city transport operator (MIVB/STIB) has awarded CAF a 12 year framework contract for the supply of 43 trainsets for the city Metro. The deal totals €353m, with the option to order up to 47 additional trains during this period. Basque Country based CAF promises ‘cutting edge trains equipped with state of the art technology’ which will migrate in the course of the project from operation with the current signalling system to being operating with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system.
Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (MIVB/STIB), the public transport operator for the European capital, is the largest public urban transport company in Belgium, managing an extensive transport network, comprising the aforementioned metro network alongside the tram and bus services which, over recent years, has experienced a significant annual increase in passenger figures.
Every day around one million passengers make use of the STIB network. In 2015, the STIB's metros, buses and trams travelled a total of 44.7 million kilometres and across 370.2 million journeys, an increase of 5.6 million compared to the previous year.
In 2004, STIB also opted for CAF to supply 15 metro units, a project which was later extended in 2009 with the supply of an additional 6 units. These units have since been running on lines 1 and 5 of the Belgian capital's metro network.
The new metro series will form a part of a macro project which will modernise the Brussels metro. Initially, the project will be implemented on lines 1 and 5 and in various stages: the first trains will be delivered in 2019.
This project for the Capital of the European Union marks CAF's clear consolidation of the Company's position in the European market, where they have also supplied metro units for the cities of Rome, Helsinki, Istanbul, Bucharest, Madrid, Bilbao and Barcelona.
Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (Grupo CAF), (literally "Construction & Auxiliary of Railways") stated in the announcement that this new project adds to an aggregate of new contracts awarded in 2016 in excess of €2,000m, which in turn increases the company's current backlog to over €6,300m, strengthening CAF's committed strategy towards growth over the next few years.
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