DB Regio is to operate Dieselnetz Niedersachsen-Südost services for 15 years.

GERMANY: Following a competitive tender, the Niedersachsen and Braunschweig transport authorities have awarded incumbent DB Regio a contract to operate Dieselnetz Niedersachsen-Südost passenger services for 15 years from December 2014.

The contract signed on August 29 covers six routes:

  • Braunschweig – Salzgitter – Lebenstedt (RB 44);
  • Braunschweig – Wolfenbüttel – Schöppenstedt (RB 45);
  • Braunschweig – Seesen – Osterode – Herzberg (RB 46);
  • Göttingen – Northeim – Nordhausen (RB 80);
  • Bodenfelde – Northeim – Nordhausen (RB 81);
  • Göttingen – Kreiensen – Bad Harzburg (RB 82).

LNVG Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Menn said the new contract would provide an improved service at lower cost to taxpayers. There will be more on-train staff, with 70% of services having a conductor, as well as more attractive rolling stock and modernised stations. The total number of train-km operated will increase by 0·25 million train-km/year to 3·7 million train-km/year.

The Alstom Class 648 Coradia Lint DMUs are to be modernised by the end 2015, with real-time information, LED lighting, power sockets and improved accessibility.