NS orders 18 new trains for Amsterdam-Brussels
Dutch rail operator, NS, has ordered an additional 18 Coradia Stream intercity trains from French train manufacturer Alstom to be deployed on the high-speed line between Amsterdam and Brussels. The trains will offer an extra 8.200 seats and can travel at 200 km/hour.
The so-called ‘InterCity New Generation’ (ICNG) trains have eight carriages, offering more capacity than the existing trains used on the connection to Brussels today. That is necessary to cope with the expected growth of travelers by 2025 when the trains are put in service.
200 million euros
The new 200 million euros order comes on top of the 79 similar trains NS bought earlier mostly for domestic use, costing 800 million. The latter will be put on the rails in 2021. The ones intended for the ICNG-Brussels connection have a few technical adaptations, like more space for luggage and extra toilets.
The French train has to wipe the slate clean after the debacle with the Italian-built Fyra high-speed train in 2012. Numerous technical defects and design flaws made Belgian rail operator NMBS/SNCB decide to ban the train in Belgium a few months after its deployment. It left the Dutch NS with a financial hungover of 67 million euros.