Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) and Alstom Transport have signed a contract worth €160 million for the supply of 38 additional Diesel regional trains Coradia Lint in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. This order includes 14 train sets with 112 seats as part of a frame agreement signed in 2008 and 24 train sets with 160 seats as an option from a contract signed in 2011. The trains will start commercial service in the Southwest Diesel network of Germany in 2015. The Coradia Lint trains will be manufactured at the Alstom Salzgitter site, in Lower Saxony.
“We consistently invest in the modernization of our rolling stock for the benefit of our customers and our employees. We therefore need to strengthen our competitiveness and ensure our sustainable business success. For the past year alone, we invested nearly eight billion euros in new trains”, said Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Bahn.
Coradia Lint can run at a speed of up 140 km/h. This train meets the most stringent emission standards. 90% of the particle emissions are eliminated thanks to exhaust gas cleaning and inner-engine measures. An innovative engine management leads also to Diesel fuel savings and the consequential reduction in CO2 emissions of around 10%.
These trains will be equipped with air conditioning system and a low floor to facilitate access on board. For reduced mobility passengers, each train set will provide two wheelchair spaces, suitable toilets and intercom units as well as a ramp for bridging the gap between the train and the platform. Equipped with monitoring cameras, the new trains will increase safety.
“This contract for the Southwest Diesel Network, is another success for the Coradia Lint. With more than 650 trains already sold in the past fifteen years, we offer Deutsche Bahn and its passengers a proven and environmentally friendly solution. This new contract further strengthens our partnership with DB Regio”, said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of Alstom Transport.