Alstom begins delivery of 30 Coradia regional trains to Skånetrafiken
7 December 2016 • Author: Katie Sadler, European Railway Review
Following an order placed in 2015, Alstom will deliver 11 trains by May 2017, and the final batch of 19 trains between May 2018 and January 2019. The delivery will expand Skånetrafiken’s operating fleet of Coradia Nordic trains, better known as Pågatågen, to 99 units.
The regional train network in the region of Skåne, southern Sweden, has been steadily growing in recent years with passenger numbers expected to grow by 5-6% per year onwards.
Commenting on the order, Rob Whyte, Managing Director for Alstom in the Nordics, said: “These additional deliveries highlight our customer’s appreciation of Coradia trains’ performance and the passengers’ satisfaction with the level of comfort we offer. From 2019, Skånetrafiken will own one of the largest fleet of Coradia Nordic trains in Sweden and become one of the largest regional operators in the country. Alstom will strengthen its position as the leading supplier of regional trains in Sweden.”
Skånetrafiken Coradia Nordic EMUs will run at speeds of 160 km/h
The 74 metre long Coradia Nordic train consists of four cars and has a capacity for up to 510 passengers. The train will run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The trains are being built at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Germany.
Since 2002, over 270 regional Coradia EMU trains have been sold to train operators in the Nordic region, including SL, Norrtåg, Västtrafik and Östgötatrafiken.