On 9 July 2020 Alstom announced that following the notification of the transaction to the European Commission on 11 June 2020, it has taken a further step towards closing of its planned acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
Since early 2020 most of the railway and other media were employed by the plans to merge the transport divisions of Alstom and Bombardier. However, what can be the real benefits of this acquisition?
Today, Alstom announced that after 530 days and more than 180,000 kilometres, the trial operation of the world's first two hydrogen trains was officially completed at the end of February.
On 18 March 2020, the locomotive 163.022 was handed over to ČD Cargo, which was the first of the operator’s 3 kV DC Class 163 to be equipped with the on-board ETCS.