NETHERLANDS: A €400m firm order for CAF to supply a further 50 three-car and 38 four-car Civity electric multiple-units was announced by national passenger operator NS on December 27. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2020.

The latest order builds on a 2014 contract covering 68 three-car and 50 four-car units worth approximately €500m. The first of these printer New Generation EMUs entered service this year. All 206 of the units now on order are expected to be in service from 2023.

The 160 km/h EMUs are intended for use on short-distance services; NS said 48% of passengers use a Sprinter service for at least part of their journey.

The EMUs will have two classes of accommodation, with what CAF describes as an ‘transparent, open, attractive’ interior, wi-fi, an accessible toilet, power sockets and USB charging points, leather upholstery, bicycle spaces and level boarding.

CAF said the NS contract was one of the largest it had secured internationally and one of the most significant in the history of the company.