ALSTOM : Deutsche Bahn and Alstom Sign a Contract for 56 Regional Trains for the Cologne Network
06/21/2011| 05:00am US/Eastern
A contract worth ?325 million
German operator DB Regio AG has placed a ?325 million order with Alstom
(Paris:ALO) to supply 56 Coradia Lint regional trains. The trains are
slated to go into service in December 2013 on largely non-electrified
lines in Greater Cologne and in the Eifel region, the Cologne diesel
The Cologne/Bonn region is one of the biggest agglomerations in Germany.
After a tender process, the mass transit association "Nahverkehr
Rheinland" (NVR), the rail-bound passenger traffic association
"Schienenpersonenverkehr Rheinlandpfalz-Nord" (SPNV-Nord) and the mass
transit association "Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe" (NWL) have commissioned
DB Regio Rheinland GmbH, a subsidiary of DB Regio AG, to operate the
passenger service on the mass transit lines and to expand the rail
transportation service. Using these 56 new Coradia Lint trains, DB will
achieve around 7.2 million train kilometres per year. Currently 65,000
commuters are using the DB trains daily. The associations and DB expect
the number of passengers to further increase with this new offer.
"With this investment we are continuing consequently the upgrading of
our train fleet. We are empowering our company for a sustainable future.
This will be to the benefit of the German railway system and mostly of
our customers", explained Dr. Rüdiger Grube, CEO of Deutsche Bahn.
"With the Cologne Diesel network we are capitalizing on our long
lasting and successful partnership with DB in the regional train market
and we are happy to improve with our Alstom's Coradia Lint trains the
service delivered to the passengers in the region of Cologne. Our
Coradia Lint product line is based on an extended and fully developed
platform, at this stage unique in terms of quality and cost-efficiency,"
said Martin Lange, Managing Director Alstom Transport Germany.
Substantial improvements for passengers and the environment
The Coradia Lint trains are two- and three-car diesel multiple units.
They will be designed and manufactured at Alstom's site in Salzgitter.
To meet the requirements of regional and suburban operation, the trains
will be characterized by high acceleration and high seating capacity.
The new vehicles with 180 seats (Lint 54) and 300 seats (Lint 81) can
run up to a maximum speed of 140 km/h. Movable steps will facilitate the
boarding and disembarkation of passengers, especially at different
platform heights. For mobility-impaired passengers, the trains will be
equipped with two wheelchair spaces and one WC for disabled as well as a
ramp for bridging the gap between the train and the platform edge.
On-board surveillance cameras will be used to reinforce passenger
safety. The modern engines of the vehicles will meet the most stringent
European exhaust emission standards (Stage IIIb) applicable from 2012.
To increase passive passenger safety, the trains will be equipped with
state-of-the-art crash elements. Alstom has taken a series of measures
according to the European crashworthiness standard of rail vehicles
Manufactured from intensively tested and service-proven components,
Alstom's Coradia Lint fleet has enjoyed considerable commercial success.
Since the launch of the first trains in 2000, Alstom has sold nearly 600
multiple units to both public and private operators in Germany, the
Netherlands and Denmark. In the meantime, the range has proven its
performance throughout more than 400 million kilometres of commercial
Alstom Transport's range of regional trains
Drawing on its
30 years of experience in regional transport, Alstom has developed a
range of regional and suburban trains in response to the congestion of
urban and motorway networks and the increasing expansion of suburban
areas. These trains also contribute to regional economic development and
help protect the environment. Alstom's Coradia and X'Trapolis ranges now
offer operators and users a solution closely matched to their needs and
expectations: comfortable, reliable and available high-capacity regional
trains that are easy to maintain and have a limited impact on the
environment. At its plants in Salzgitter (Germany), Valenciennes
(France) and Savigliano (Italy), Alstom has already built over 3,000
regional trains that have covered more than four billion kilometres.
About Alstom Transport
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Alstom is the only manufacturer in the world to offer a complete range
of high performance products: rolling stock, infrastructures,
information systems, services and turnkey solutions. Mindful of
operators´ ever more stringent profitability objectives and of their
growing need for sustainable mobility solutions, we propose ecologically
and economically efficient products and services to our customers.
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