DENMARK: DSB has decided to increase the capacity of the eight Talgo trainsets it has ordered for use on services to Hamburg. The national passenger operator said international ticket sales were increasing before the pandemic, and this would help to meet growing demand for more climate-friendly transport.

In February 2020 DSB signed an agreement for Talgo to supply eight trainsets each with a 442 seats. These are to be an iteration of the Talgo 230 platform, and will follow on from the ECx inter-city trainsets ordered by Deutsche Bahn. They are scheduled to enter services in 2023, operating at up to 200 km/h top-and-tailed by Siemens Mobility Vectron electric locomotives.

DSB has now decided increase the number of coaches to provide 492 seats per train. The overall number of vehicles involved in the order has not been released.

‘With this investment, DSB gives Danes an increased opportunity to choose an environmentally friendly journey’, said CEO Flemming Jensen on April 15. ‘DSB will have a greater capacity to meet expected future demand for sustainable train travel abroad when the coronavirus settles down and people start travelling again.’