Finnish Railway company, VR Limited, has exercised two options with Alstom, for 20 SM4 commuter trains and eight new Pendolino tilting trains, for a combined value of 225 million Euros.
The first order, worth 110 million Euros, is the confirmation of an option for 20 electrical multiple units (EMUs), from Alstom’s CORADIA family, to be used for commuter traffic in Helsinki and on the regional link to Tampere. Ten similar trains have already been delivered by Alstom to VR, as part of an initial order placed in 1996.
The new two-car trains will have a capacity of 284 passengers and will operate at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The first delivery of the new trains is expected to take place in May 2004.
The second order, worth 115 million Euros, is the confirmation of an option for the supply of eight new Pendolino tilting trains. The delivery of the first trainset is scheduled to start in spring 2004.
This order is part of a plan undertaken by VR for the improvement of rail service on the main Finnish railway lines, and brings to 18, the total of Pendolinos ordered today by VR to Alstom. Pendolino trains are already in service in Finland on the Helsinki-Turku; Helsinki-Jyvaskyla and Helsinki-Oulu main lines.
Each train will comprise six cars and be able to carry up to 287 passengers at a maximum speed of 220 Km/h.