[DK] DSB decides to receive new electrics later as planning proves to be ‘challenging’

Rail Business reports: The Danish state railways (DSB) is currently tendering for new electric locomotives. With Siemens, Bombardier and Skoda the negotiations are ongoing. But after an intense dialogue with these manufacturers, DSB has decided to change the time path for the delivery of the new machines. Originally DSB expected to receive the first new machine within 14 (later 15) months after contract signing, but now it is decided to change this ‘tight and challenging’ deadline and extend it with at least nine months (thus 24 months). The first machines are now expected to arrive in Mai 2020.

DSB made this decision as it fears that some manufacturers will back out of the tender as they think it is too challenging and too risky. With less competition, the remaining bidders than may ask a too high price. As it is public money, DSB informed the ministry about its decision.

In January DSB pre-selected three manufacturers in the ongoing tender for 26+18 new electric locomotives. Siemens, Bombardier and Skoda are still in the running. Final bids are expected for the end of the year.