The total value of the contract is approximately $199 million (€166 million), with Bombardier’s share amounting to some $108 million (€90 million). Deliveries are scheduled to take place between January 2008 and April 2009.
This is the second follow-on order to a contract for 210 double-deck cars awarded in 1999. The first options for 70 vehicles were exercised in 2004. This brings the total number of double-deck coaches ordered by the SNCB to 370. The SNCB is planning to use the new trains on the main lines leading to Brussels.
Bombardier Transportation’s site in Bruges, Belgium will be responsible for the complete production of the 18 control cars as well as the final assembly of the 72 trailer cars, while manufacture of the bogies will take place at Bombardier’s facility in Crespin, France.