Stadler has sealed a deal with Arriva Netherlands to maintain and service 18 WINK trains and 51 GTW trains, which will rely heavily on battery technology and boast enviable environmental credentials. They will operate in the Noordelijke Lijnen concession in Friesland and Groningen and are managed by Arriva.
The contract, starting in 2020 and running till 2035, builds on the 15-year service and maintenance contract already in place since 2006. Today’s signing follows the announcement in November 2017 that Stadler will manufacture 18 new WINKs and refurbish 51 GTW.
Hein van der Schoot, Managing Director of Stadler Service for the Netherlands and UK, commented: ‘We are thrilled to be awarded this contract. It sees Stadler blazing a trail within the industry for cutting edge, green technology and is testament to our commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change. We are also proud to continue the long term partnership with Arriva Netherlands, which has already proved successful for many years and resulted in excellent passenger satisfaction.’
Anne Hettinga, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Arriva Nederland, also emphasizes the importance of the new contract: 'The cooperation between Arriva and Stadler is an economic driver for the northern part of The Netherlands. This contract is a big step in the preparation for the new concession. We look forward to working together for 15 more years. We apply our innovative approach to developing new trains as well as service and maintenance.'
WINK propelled by Bio-diesel and batteries
The new WINK trains will run on the renewable fuel Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as well as battery power. HVO is a renewable fuel (second generation bio-diesel), which is made of vegetable oil and fat waste, such as frying fat. By 2025, the Leeuwarden-Groningen route will be partially electrified. From then on, on the non-electrified parts the WINKs will only use the stored energy in the batteries. The use of (bio-)diesel will no longer be required.
GTW with comprehensive overhaul
In 2020, the GTW trains will receive a comprehensive overhaul. They will be renovated inside and out and be converted to battery operation, bringing emissions down and making them far greener than previously.
More jobs in Leeuwarden
In preparation for the new fleet, Stadler will expand the depot at Leeuwarden. In order to accommodate the new trains to be serviced and maintained, a third track will be added and a number of additional mechanics will be hired.