SWITZERLAND: Three manufacturers have prequalified for a contract to supply a total of 194 electric-multiple units in a procurement process which is being run by Swiss Federal Railways and its local operating joint ventures Thurbo in Thurgau and RegionAlps in Valais.
The shortlisted bidders announced on September 1 are Alstom, Siemens Mobility and Stadler.
The procuring bodies are seeking a single-deck design which is already proven in use in Europe, rather than a new type. The bidders were required to demonstrate their economic performance, capacity and resources, quality management, sustainability and their compliance with legal requirements.
The three manufacturers now have until mid-2021 to prepare their bids. The contract is expected to be awarded by 2022, with the first trains entering service from the December 2025 timetable change.
The 194 EMUs would primarily replace life-expired vehicles, and the contract would include options for a further 316 units which could be exercised as required.