63 trains will be operated by vlexx GmbH and the other 28 trains which are owned by Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen will be operated by erixx GmbH. All 91 diesel multiple units are expected to enter operation as scheduled in December 2014.
“We obtained the homologations for the vehicles in close partnership with the ‘Eisenbahn-Bundesamt’. This is an outstanding performance that underlines the efficiency of the reforms for the faster homologation of railway vehicles, which were introduced a year ago. Working alongside the customers, we now have to focus on a punctual commissioning of the vehicles“, says Martin Lange, Managing Director of Alstom Transport in Germany.
The 63 trains2 to be operated by vlexx, which can reach speed of up to 140 km/h, will link the regional network in Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse with the regions of Rheinhessen, Nahe and Westpfalz with the metropolitan regions Rhine-Main and the centers of Mainz, Rüsselsheim and Frankfurt as well as Frankfurt Airport and Saarland. The contract, worth around €300 million, was signed in September 2012.
The 28 trains3 operated by erixx will be used on the diesel network in southeast Lower Saxony. These diesel multiple units, which also have a top speed of 140 km/h, will serve the lines Hanover‐Hildesheim‐Bad Harzburg, Uelzen‐Braunschweig‐Wolfenbüttel‐Vienenburg‐Bad Harzburg/Goslar and Lüneburg-Dannenberg. The order, worth around €120 million, was granted in December 2011.
Since 1998, Alstom has sold 770 Coradia Lint regional multiple units in Germany, Denmark, Netherlands and Canada. The trains are developed and constructed by Alstom in Salzgitter, Germany.
1) Federal Railway Office: ‘Eisenbahn-Bundesamt’
2) 45 Coradia Lint 54 trains with 162 seats and up to 197 places for standing passengers and 18 Coradia Lint 81 trains with 264 seats and up to 285 places for standing passengers
3) 28 Coradia Lint 54 with 157 seats and up to 184 places for standing passengers
Press contact: Beatrix Fontius (Alstom Germany)
T: +49 621 329 2547 - E: beatrix.fontius[.]alstom.com.