CAF has pulled off two agreements for the extension of contracts currently under way for Amsterdam and Stockholm, in addition to a new contract for the supply of Metro Units in Naples. The aggregate of both deals will come close to €100 million.These contracts are testament to the confidence in the Company by railway operators in the most demanding markets, where mass transit and the environment are prime drivers. Not for nothing have CAF’s trams and metros become a benchmark in the European market, with units made by the Company currently running on many conurbations and towns in the continent, such as Budapest, Edinburgh, Belgrade, Freiburg, Luxembourg, Tallinn, Nantes, Utrecht, Birmingham, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Helsinki or Brussels, to name but just a few.
Metro Units for Naples
CAF signed a framework agreement on Friday 22 June with Ente Autonomo Volturno, the operator of the regional railway and metropolitan public transport in the Campania Region in Italy. This agreement establishes the supply of 10 Metro Units including integral maintenance for a period of 3 years, in addition to the supply of depot parts. The trains supplied by CAF will provide service on the Piscinola - Aversa Centro Line of the metro network in the capital of the Region, Naples.
On the same very day, the first contract was concluded under the framework agreement for the delivery of the first 4 Train Units, each made of 6 cars. The features of the trains will be analogous to those of the 19 Units formerly procured from the Company by the Comune di Napoli for Line 1 of the Naples Metro.
A further nine trams for Amsterdam
GVB Activa B.V., the public operator for transport in Amsterdam, for which CAF is currently supplying 63 tram units, has included a first option to purchase nine new additional trams of the 60 optional trams provided for in the contract awarded to CAF in September 2016.
The new trams will run on Amsterdam's extensive network. This currently comprises 16 lines with a total of 490 stations and a span of more than 200 km, which will help increase the capacity of the city's transport system.
The units are part of the Urbos platform, and will share similar characteristics to the previous ones. This is a low-floor, two-way vehicle that combines its modern design with cutting-edge equipment, providing maximum accessibility and comfort, as well as maximum performance and operation simplicity.
CAF's relationship with GVB Activa B.V. dates back a long time with CAF having been awarded the project for the supply of 37 units in 1994, which have been operating in the Dutch city ever since.
Stockholm Contract Extension
CAF has also concluded an agreement with SL AB (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik), the company responsible for Stockholm's transport network, to extend the project for the supply of trams to the city. The contract comprises the supply of ten new units to complement the previous ones manufactured by CAF, which are already running in the Scandinavian capital.
As part of its scheme to develop its sustainable and demand-driven transport model, at the end of 2010 Stockholm awarded CAF a contract to supply 15 trams which made provision for an extension of 121 further units, and then, this was later extended by a further 27 units in successive extensions over the past few years.
These are low-floor, two-way units, which are also part of the Urbos platform. They are made up of 3 cars, providing an estimated capacity for 221 passengers. They are also equipped with cutting-edge comfort and safety systems, and have been specifically adapted to the extreme weather conditions in the Nordic country.
CAF SIGNALLING IS AWARDED TWO SIGNALLING CONTRACTS FOR ADIF
In addition, via its subsidiary CAF Signalling, the CAF Group has continued to increase its standing in Spain's signalling sector with the recent awarding of two new contracts for ADIF, worth a total of 30 million euros.
Firstly, CAF Signalling was awarded the contract to remove telephone block signalling system -train collision prevention system- on the section between the Asunción University (León) and Guardo (Palencia) stations on the León-Guardo metric gauge line, with an 18- month completion period. The work includes fitting out the safety and communications facilities required to replace the current system with automatic blocks signalling which are controlled via remote control from the Centralised Traffic Control Centre (CTC).
The CAF Group subsidiary was also selected for the contract to implement the construction project of the single-track section automatic clearing block system (BLAU) with Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) for the Arahal (Seville)-Fuente de Piedra (Malaga) railway section on the Utrera-Fuente de Piedra fork line, with an execution term of 23 months.
Both of these actions are part of ADIF's plan for the removal of the telephone block systems, and represent a significant improvement in the reliability, availability, maintainability and security of the facilities.