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GERMANY: DB Regio has been selected to operate new regional express service RE62 Rheine – Osnabrück – Löhne for seven years from December 2023.

The service running every 2 h is being commissioned by Neidersachsen transport authority LNVG and Westfalen-Lippe authority NWL to retain an hourly service between Rheine, Osnabrück and Hannover when changes to the timings of Berlin – Amsterdam long-distance services impact on regional services.

The contract covers 0·6 million train-km year. DB Regio will provide six Class 440 Alstom Coradia Continental electric multiple-units which were built in 2009-10 and have been used in Bayern. The modernised trains will have passenger information displays, free wi-fi, CCTV, air-conditioning and folding ramps for wheelchair users.

‘DB Regio has made a convincing offer, we expect the company to prove its efficiency in day-to-day operations’, said LNVG spokesperson Carmen Schwabl on January 18.