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NTA Ireland invites EoIs to procure 600 carriages for DART [free access]

June 4, 2019

The National Transport Authority (NTA) of Ireland has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) to supply upto 600 electric / battery-electric-powered carriages over a period of 10 years for Dublin Area Rapid Transport (DART), a commuter rail railway network in Dublin. The initial order is expected to be for 52 battery-equipped vehicles, while the remaining trains are likely to be electric only. The contractor is also expected to sign a Technical Services and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) of up to 15 years. The last date for the submission of bids is July 12, 2019.


The procurement is a part of the EUR2 billion DART Expansion project, carried out under NTA’s Project Ireland 2040 programme and its 2016–35 transport strategy for the greater Dublin area. The project’s scope includes increasing and replacing the rolling stock, electrification of lines, and upgrading infrastructure works for the operation of more trains.