treinreiziger.nl reports: The Dutch railways have decided order two multi-system ICNG trainsets for the so-called ‘Benelux’ services connecting Amsterdam (NL) with Brussels (BE). The order is part of the framecontract NS has with manufacturer Alstom. It was announced today by Minister Dijsselbloem in a letter to the Dutch parliament.
In 2025, the rolling stock that is currently in use between Amsterdam and Brussels (Railcolor: ICRm coaches) will be due for replacement. It has not been decided yet who will operate the international services after 2025, but under the current operational contract NS is obliged to ensure continuity at the end of the concession. This clause has been added to the contract because in the past NS postponed investments in new trains until it was sure it got the operational contract.
Dijsselbloem, being the representative of the only shareholder of NS, being the Dutch state, has approved the investment. NS itself will finance the trains. Later on, NS will decide if more NL-BE certified ICNG trains will be ordered.
With the two additional sets, NS has 81 ICNG trains on order (type: Coradia). Alstom is about to start the production of the first sets at its plant in Katowice (PL). More information on the ICNG can be found here.