GERMANY: Stadler Pankow announced its largest ever rolling stock contract on March 7, a €200m order to supply Veolia Verkehr with 35 Flirt electric multiple-units for the E-Netz Rosenheim network in Bayern.

The seven three-car and 28 six-car 160 km/h units will enter service from December 2013, operating on regional routes which Veolia Verkehr will take over a year earlier under a 12-year contract awarded by Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft.

The 59 m long three-car Flirts will offer 158 seats, eight in first class, along with two toilets. The six-car sets will be 107 m long and have 333 seats, eight in first class, with three toilets. Accessibility features will include wide vestibules, bridges between the train and platform and one wheelchair accessible toilet per unit.

'This contract supports our expansion plans in the region,' said Michael Daum, director of the Berlin-based subsidiary of Swiss rolling stock group Stadler. 'We are delighted with our first order from Veolia Verkehr Regio GmbH and the confidence they have placed in us.'