Financial close for €4bn South African train order

PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) and the Alstom-led Gibela consortium have reached financial close on a €4 billion order for new commuter trains.

Alstom, in partnership with Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail, is building 600 new X’Ttrapolis Mega trains for South Africa.

The €4 billion includes the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Dunnottar and an 18-year maintenance contract.

The first 20 trains will be built at Alstom’s Lapa plant in Brazil before the new site takes over production.