GERMANY: A rolling stock maintenance centre is being developed at a former locomotive workshop at Braunschweig in Germany to meet the growing demand for servicing vehicles on behalf of private operators, which now carry around 20% of regional passenger traffic.

Opening in 2011, the 15 200 m2 site will specialise in the maintenance, modernisation and heavy repair of electric locomotives and multiple-units, trams and tram-trains. There will be three tracks for maintenance and repair work, one for painting, four static test tracks and a commissioning track with 15 kV electrification. It will also have a logistics centre for the supply of spare parts.

'Braunschweig is the ideal strategic location for growth in the heart of the northern European market', said Dr Martin Lange, Managing Director of Alstom Transport in Germany. 'Private operators depend on a reliable service partner.'