GERMANY: DB has placed a firm order for a further 18 Twindexx Vario double-deck push-pull coaches, Bombardier Transportation announced on December 20.

The €34m contract has been placed within a December 2008 framework agreement, and follows from an order for 135 coaches placed in January 2011.

The 160 km/h vehicles will be will be built at Bombardier's Görlitz plant, with bogies from Siegen.

They will be used on DB Regio Nord's Kreuz Bremen regional express services on the Hannover - Nienburg - Bremen - Emden - Norddeich Mole and Osnabrück - Diepholz - Bremen - Bremerhaven routes.