CAF signs contract for the supply of 23 electric units in Auckland

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CAF, a provider of global rail solutions, has signed a contract for the supply of 23 new electric units for Auckland, New Zealand. The contract, worth €130m (US$146m), includes the maintenance of the trains until the end of 2025 and has an extension option for up to five additional units.

In 2011, Auckland Transport awarded CAF the supply of 57 electric units and their maintenance for 12 years and in 2017 a further 15 units were purchased. All 72 supplied units are currently in revenue service in Auckland.

CAF’s fleet has completed a mileage in excess of 33 million kilometres and has played an essential role in the increase in passenger numbers using public transport across Auckland.

The units will be similar to the 72 previously supplied to the same customer, consisting of three cars, two cabbed end motor cars and one intermediate trailer car, with a total capacity for 380 passengers.

The car structure is made of stainless steel and each car is equipped with two passenger access doors per side. Also, the intermediate car is low floor to facilitate access for persons with reduced mobility and wheelchair users.

This contract consolidates CAF’s presence in the region as in addition to the previous contracts for Auckland Transport, the company has been awarded a significant number of projects in Australia since incorporating its subsidiary there in 2010, including the most recent ones of Parramatta Light Rail and Regional Rail Bi-Mode units in New South Wales.