Go-Ahead orders Flirt EMU fleet
GERMANY: The German subsidiary of UK-based rail and bus group Go-Ahead has awarded Stadler Pankow a contract to supply 45 Flirt3 electric multiple-units for use on services which it is to operate under contract to the Land of Baden-Württemberg from June 2019.
Stadler is to supply 11 three-car and 15 five-car EMUs for the Stuttgart Netz 1b (Rems – Fils) operating contract which covers 3·7 million train-km/year. A further nine four-car and 10 six-car EMUs fitted with LZB train control and provision for ETCS will be supplied for Lot 1c (Franken – Enz) services totalling 4·4 million train-km/year.
Announcing the order on May 11, Stadler said the 160 km/h low-floor EMUs would have a 'bright, inviting' interior, with luggage and bicycle spaces, spacious door areas and sliding steps. They will have 10 first class seats, with 165, 217, 273 or 329 standard seats, and passenger wi-fi will be provided. There will be an accessible toilet in each unit, and two toilets in the four-car units. The EMUs will carry the Land's ‘three lions’ livery.
Berlin-based Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH was formed in 2014, and won its first operating contracts when it was named the winner of two of the three Stuttgart Netz 1 contracts on November 17 2015. Deutsche Bahn challenged the decision, but this has now been resolved.
- On May 9 Abellio Rail Südwest formally signed the Lot 1a (Neckartal) operating contract, covering 6·8 million train-km/year to be operated using 43 Bombardier Talent 2 EMUs.
|Stuttgart Netz 1 operating contracts|
|Contract||Operator||Routes||million train-km/year||Rolling stock|
|Lot 1a (Neckartal)||Abellio Rail Südwest|| ||6·8||43 x Bombardier Talent 2 EMUs.|
|Lot 1b (Rems - Fils)||Go-Ahead|| ||3·7||11 x three-car and 15 x five-car Stadler Flirt3 EMUs|
|Lot 1c (Franken - Enz)||Go-Ahead|| ||4·4||9 x four-car and 10 x six-car Stadler Flirt3 EMUs|