Dutch national rail operator NS awards CAF with contract for 60 new double-decker EMU trains

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Dutch national rail operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), which operates commuter and intercity trains on the Dutch rail network, has awarded Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF with a new €600m contract for a fleet of double-decker EMU trains for intercity services.

The new contract follows the successful supply of 206 SNG-Civity train sets to NS by CAF for commuter services.

The contract consists of the supply of 30 four-car units and 30 six-car units, as well as technical support for maintenance, with NS carrying out the maintenance itself. The contract also includes additional options for further units in the future.

NS is the state-owned operator in The Netherlands and one of the leading companies in the European railway sector. “Once again, this project provides evidence of the success of the Civity platform developed by CAF for suburban, intercity, and regional services on the European market, as it has been used for various projects performed in countries such as Holland, the UK, Sweden, and Italy,” CAF noted.

This new project is in line with the business strategy the company announced on December 1, during the presentation of its 2026 Strategic Plan, when it stressed how one of CAF’s priorities was the company’s commitment to the European market, given its significant business volume and recurring activity in that market, as well as its strong market position and appropriateness of its range of solutions.

The main features of the units to be supplied by CAF to NS combine high capacity and easy vehicle accessibility. Each train set consists of a combination of single deck and double deck cars, the single deck cars offering level access for persons with reduced mobility. The trains will have a maximum speed of 160 km/h. This contract marks a milestone as this is the first customer to receive double-decker Civity platform units, according to CAF.

The project is part of NS’ ongoing plans to renew its current double-decker fleet, whilst increasing its service capacity for the next few years. The first units are scheduled for operation on the Intercity routes that cross the entire country by 2028, with the possibility to exercise some of the extension options for additional units, or the implementation of train versions that can run on cross-border routes to other countries such as Germany and Belgium.