NETINERA Deutschland and Alstom Transport have signed a contract worth around €300 million for the supply of 63 Coradia Lint regional trains. The new trains will run between Frankfort and Saarbrück (Nahe/Rhine-Hesse region), and between Koblenz and Kaiserslautern (Saar region) from December 2014. The 63 trains will operate in the Southwest Diesel Network and will cover all together a distance of 6.7 million kilometres each year. Alstom develops and manufactures the Coradia Lint trains at its Salzgitter site, in Germany.
This contract was signed on the occasion of Innotrans, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology in Berlin (Germany).
The Coradia two and three-car diesel multiple units can run at a maximum speed of 140 km/h. They benefit from high acceleration capacities in order to meet the requirements of fast regional traffic. To increase passengers' safety, Coradia Lint is equipped with monitoring cameras and with the newest crash elements. Alstom has implemented a series of measures according to the European Standard for Collision Safety of Rail Vehicles (EN 15227).
The new trains provide large seating capacities with 160 seats (Lint 54) and 270 seats (Lint 81). They are equipped with comfortable seats, spacious aisles, air conditioning systems and low-floor entrances to meet passengers' requirements with respect to comfort and access. Coradia Lint is particularly adapted to passengers with reduced mobility thanks to wheelchair spaces, an intercom and a ramp for bridging the gap between the train and the platform.
Coradia Lint meets the most stringent emission standard of the presently applicable Stage IIIb regulation and will be more environmentally effective than the trains used so far in the Southwest Diesel Network. The emission control and measures inside the engine are expected to reduce the emission of particles to about 90%.