[DK] New passenger cars for DSB; Bombardier withdraws – CAF enters

Today, DSB announced a change in its locomotive-hauled trains tender. Bombardier, which previously qualified to participate in the tender procedure, has now decided to withdraw from the competition. DSB has decided that CAF can place a bid instead.

Bombardier has decided not to bid in the upcoming loco-hauled trains tender of the Danish state railways. The national operator further states Bombardier’s decision is based on difficulties to propose an attractive offer, based on its current portfolio.

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Instead, DSB has decided to invite another company, that placed fourth during the tender pre-qualification: Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF.

The updated participants list now looks like this:

  • Siemens
  • Talgo
  • CAF

According to DSB, the initial offers from all three suppliers are expected in Q1 of 2019. Those will be followed by dialogues with the different participants, which will shape the final bids – expected to be ready in Q2.

The trainsets are expected to enter commercial operation in late 2022. Those will be operated using DSB’s upcoming Vectron locomotives between Copenhagen and Hamburg.