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Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2021, with scheduled commissioning for the units with the new built-in cars by autumn 2022. This contract is an option covered in the previous contract signed between CAF and the Northern Irish operator in 2009.
The new vehicles will offer about 1,400 additional seats to cope with the growing number of passengers using the Northern Ireland rail service, which has increased by more than 130% in the last 12 years reaching 15 million passengers last year, the highest number in the 50-year history of Northern Ireland Railways.
CAF had previously supplied Translink NIR with 23 Class 3000 diesel units, which entered service in 2004 and 2005, and 20 Class 4000 units, operational since September 2011.