Deutsche Bahn Regio AG has awarded Alstom two contracts worth more than 300 million euros for 53 Coradia Continental electric multiple units (EMUs). The trains are scheduled to enter into service between 2019 and 2020 in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Bavaria.
The orders include 27 four-car trains that will operate in Nuremberg and 26 three-car and five-car trains that will serve North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.
“We are very pleased that Deutsche Bahn has again chosen our well-proven Coradia Continental trains for its regional operations, after naming Alstom DB Supplier of the Year for trains in 2016,” remarked says Didier Pfleger, vice president of Alstom in Germany and Austria. “Orders of this size confirm Alstom’s commitment for highest quality and availability. With more than 220 electric multiple units delivered in Germany since 2008, Alstom is one of the leading suppliers of regional trains on the market.”
The Coradia Continental trains can run at maximum speeds of 160 km/h. The three-car trainsets have 155 seats, the four-car ones feature 230 seats and the five-car trains have 266 seats. The trains meet the latest European fire protection, accessibility and emission standards and are equipped with sockets, video cameras and real-time passenger information systems.
They also feature repeaters for improved mobile communication; multipurpose areas with space for wheelchairs, bicycles and prams; access at platform height; movable steps; gap bridging; and continuous low-floor areas.
The orders are part of a frame contract between the Deutsche Bahn and Alstom in 2012 for the delivery of up to 400 Coradia Continental trains. The first 28 vehicles of this contract have been in service since 2014.
The new vehicles will be built at Alstom’s largest production site in Salzgitter, Germany.