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GERMANY: Bayern Land railway agency BEG has selected Agilis for a contract to operate regional passenger services in Oberfranken for 12 years from December 2023.

The contract will bring together all diesel-worked services in the region, most of which are currently operated by Agilis with some by Länderbahn and Erfurter Bahn. These are:

  • RB18 Bad Rodach – Coburg (– Lichtenfels);
  • RB22 Forchheim – Ebermannstadt;
  • RB24 Lichtenfels – Bayreuth;
  • RB 26 Bamberg – Ebern;
  • RB34 Weidenberg – Bayreuth - Weiden;
  • RB95 Hof – Aš;
  • RB96 Hof – Selb Stadt;
  • RB97 Bayreuth – Marktredwitz – Bad Steben;
  • RB98 Münchberg – Helmbrechts;
  • RB99 Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg – Hof – Gutenfürst

The planned services will total 5·4 million train-km/year, an 8% increase on current levels, with hourly trains every day on most routes, operations later into the evening and new stations planned at Hof Mitte, Coburg-Beiersdorf, Forchheim-Nord and Bamberg-Süd.

The selection of Agils was announced by BEG on September 29, with formal award of the contract subject to the 10-day regulatory standstill period.