Stadler to deliver trains to Saudi Arabia

06 February 2024 11:07

Bussnang/Riyadh - For the first time, Stadler has agreed a supply contract with a country from the Gulf region in the Middle East: The company will supply ten trainsets to Saudi Arabia, with the option for a further ten in future. Including maintenance operations over a period of a decade, the contract is valued at around 600 million Swiss francs.

Stadler from the canton of Thurgau is set to deliver trains to one of the world’s fastest-growing rail markets, the Gulf region. As the company has now announced, it has agreed a supply contract with Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) for ten passenger trains, each measuring 175 meters in length. The contract also includes the option for an additional ten trainsets, while at the same time a maintenance contract was agreed covering all trains and the supply of replacement parts over a period of ten years. Guy Parmelin, member of the Swiss federal government (Federal Council) responsible for the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER), was present at the signing of the contracts in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

According to the information, the new trains will be designed in accordance with the latest European and international standards and will be specially equipped for the climate and environmental conditions in Saudi Arabia. With two other large orders in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region, Stadler already has experience in meeting the relevant demands in terms of climatic and environmental conditions. The trains will each have two independent diesel-electric power heads, with space for 320 passengers in total.

In the words of the Minister of Transport and Logistics Services, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR), Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, the procurement of these modern trains can be seen as a response to rising demand for the East Train passenger services. It is hoped that the capacity of the East Trains will be doubled to more than 3.8 million passengers per year. Peter Spuhler, Executive Chairman of Stadler Rail, describes this contract as a strategic milestone that will allow the company to enter “the railway market in the GCC region, a market that is expected to be outperforming other railway markets in terms of travel experience and passenger growth”. ce/mm

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