French train services and products business Alstom said on Tuesday that it has signed a 1.8-billion-euro (2.04-billion-dollar) framework contract with Norske Tog AS, a provider of transit services, to supply up to 200 Coradia Nordic regional trains in Norway.
Under the deal, Alstom will assemble the trains for Norske Tog at its site in Salzgitter, Germany.
Delivery of Norske Tog's new 'Class 77' regional trains is scheduled to begin in 2025.
Once in service, this new fleet will begin operations as a suburban and fast rail service, connecting Ski and Stabekk in the greater Oslo region.
With its top speed of 160 kilometres per hour, the each train set will consist of six single-deck coaches for a total capacity of 778 passengers, offering 40% more capacity.
Designed for harsh winter
The new trains will be equipped with the latest ETCS2 signalling system and will feature an advanced odometry solution designed for the harshest winter conditions.
To date, Alstom has sold 3,300 Coradia trains worldwide. The Coradia range offers electrical and diesel traction, along with other innovative emission-free solutions.