CAF has been announced as one of the final three shortlisted to bid for the supply and maintenance of a fleet of new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro by local transport executive Nexus.
The contract is worth in excess of £360m with the first vehicles scheduled to be in service by the end of 2021.
Richard Garner, CAF’s UK Director comments: ‘We are delighted to be announced as one of the final three bidders for the Tyne and Wear Metro contract.
‘We would very much welcome the opportunity to work with Nexus on this major project. We believe that our metro train would bring a major step change in service performance for the passengers of the Tyne and Wear Metro.’
Tobin Hughes, Managing Director Nexus said: “This is another hugely important step towards delivering a new fleet of trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro.
‘We are down to the final three bidders. Each firm has a proven track record of building trains for railway systems throughout the world.
‘We have carefully evaluated the bids and will now begin the final stage of the process where bids will be refined. Bidders will then come back with best and final offers and we will sit down and pick a preferred bidder.
‘The winner will then start the task of designing and building 42 new trains, which will transform the passenger experience of the Metro system.’
The winning bidder in the tender process will be announced later this year, with the new fleet introduced in stages from the end of 2021 as the existing stock is phased out.
The Government has committed £337m towards the cost of the new fleet, with a £25m contribution coming from Nexus, the public body which owns and operates Metro.
The Tyne and Wear Metro carries 36 million passengers a year on a network of 60 stations serving the cities of Sunderland and Newcastle, and their surrounding communities, in North East England.