According to Mobility Minister Georges Gilkinet at a plenary meeting of the House of the Federal Parliament, Alstom has already paid €80 million in fines for delaying deliveries of electric trains to Belgium. Railway Supply magazine writes about this, citing RollingStock.


In 2015, the national carrier SNCB and the consortium Alstom-Bombardier Transportation (the latter taken over by Alstom in 2021) signed a €3.3 billion framework contract for the supply of up to 1,362 double-deck M7 cars, designed to travel at a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The firm order initially amounted to 445 wagons, and options for another 302 units were later exercised. The delivery of the first batch was planned in 2018-2021, but, according to Gilkinet, only 222 cars were delivered at the end of last year.

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Alstom attributed the delay to the Covid-19 pandemic, delays in the supply of components and a shortage of some parts. However, Alstom says the average delivery speed has “significantly increased” since early 2022. All ordered railcars are planned to be delivered by the end of 2026.

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