TURKEY: State railway TCDD has awarded Alstom a €22·3m two-year contract to service and maintain its fleet of 12 six-car CAF high speed trains.

The 250 km/h trainsets entered service from 2009, and are deployed on the 245 km Ankara - Eskisehir and 310 km Ankara - Konya routes. They are expected to cover 10 million km during the two-year period of the contract.

The work to be undertaken by Alstom at TCDD's depot in Ankara will include preventative and corrective maintenance, daily internal and external cleaning, heavier maintenance tasks and any repairs which might be required.

'We are pleased to bring TCDD our long and international experience in this field', said Arda Inanc, Managing Director of Alstom Transport Turkey. 'We are grateful of our client's renewed confidence and will work diligently to meet its expectations.'