AnsaldoBreda and SNCB reach Fyra settlement

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AnsaldoBreda and Belgium’s national rail provider, SNCB, have reached an out-of-court settlement in a dispute over the ill-fated V250.

AnsaldoBreda’s parent company Finmeccanica has agreed to pay SNCB €2.5 million to prevent further legal proceedings.

The deal follows an earlier settlement between the manufacturer and Dutch rail operator NS worth €125 million.

Fyra services were suspended in January 2013 after part of the undercarriage of a train fell onto the tracks following heavy snow.

The fleet was withdrawn and an order for more V250 trainsets was cancelled after reports by Mott MacDonald and Concept Risk identified technical issues with the design and build of the trains. The investigations suggested that it would take months and millions of euros to rectify the issues.

AnsaldoBreda rejected these findings and maintained that the problems were not caused by faults with its rolling stock. The manufacturer aims to sell on the remaining V250 trainsets at which point it would then have to pay an additional €21 million to NS.

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