Alstom has opened an electric multiple-unit servicing facility in Braunschweig.

GERMANY: Alstom Transport has opened an electric multiple-unit servicing, repair and refurbishment facility at the Braunschweig site where it undertakes similar work on diesel multiple-units under contract to various train operators.

The €15m expansion of the site’s facilities includes two additional workshops, 1·5 km of 15 kV 16·7 Hz electrification, an underfloor wheel lathe and a train washing plant. Alstom says the project has created 130 jobs.

‘Alstom has been able to revive the long industrial tradition of this site, which goes back more than 100 years, and create a highly modern maintenance facility’, said Alstom Transport’s Managing Director for Germany, Martin Lange. ‘Further investments will be made in the coming years, notably in a modern paint shop.’

Alstom is to use the site to maintain 20 four-car Coradia Continental EMUs which Braunschweig transport authority ZGB has ordered for Elektro-Netz Niedersachsen-Ost services which will be operated by Metronom from December.

Alstom has also signed a 15-year contract for external cleaning of Stadler Kiss EMUs which WestfalenBahn will use on services from Braunschweig to Rheine and Bielefeld from December.