The German operator Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe, which manages part of the rail transport services in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, has confirmed the extension of the contract awarded last year. The extension consists of the supply of 10 additional battery-powered trains.
This extension amounts to a value of €170 million and also includes fleet maintenance services for a term of 33 years. The initial contract to supply 63 battery-powered trains and their maintenance from 2025 to 2058 was awarded by the German transport authorities Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr and Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe in June 2021.
The new CAF units, capable of running on electrified and non-electrified lines, will service the area between the cities of Münster and Gütersloh as an alternative to the current diesel units. The new trains are envisaged to be in operation over the course of 2025 and the beginning of 2026.