Alstom has been awarded two contracts from Deutsche Bahn Regio AG to supply 53 Coradia Continental electric multiple units (EMUs) for a total amount of over €300 million. The trains are scheduled to enter into service between 2019 and 2020 in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Bavaria. All vehicles will be built in Salzgitter, Germany, Alstom’s largest production site worldwide.
These orders are part of a frame contract concluded 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 already been in successful service since 2014.
“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. 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,“ says Didier Pfleger, Vice President of Alstom in Germany and Austria.
The two orders include 27 four-car trains that will operate in the suburban network of Nuremberg from December 2020 and 26 three- and five-car trains that will take up service in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate.
Running at maximum speed of 160 km/h, the Coradia Continental trains are characterized by excellent acceleration properties, as well as a particularly smooth and quiet running. The three-car trainsets are fitted with 155 seats, the four-car ones with up to 230 seats and the five-car trains with 266 seats.
Coradia Continental meets the latest European standards in terms of fire protection, accessibility and emission values. Special attention was placed on passenger comfort: multi-purpose areas provide sufficient space for wheelchairs, bicycles and prams. The traction equipment is located on the roof to allow for more spacious interior. Access at platform height, movable steps, gap bridging and continuous low-floor areas allow barrier-free travel. The vehicles are equipped with repeaters for an improved mobile communication, as well as with sockets, video cameras and real-time passenger information system displaying current train connection data.
Coradia Continental belongs to Alstom‘s Coradia range of modular trains that benefit from a know-how of more than 30 years and from well-proven technical solutions. More than 2,400 Coradia trains have been sold so far, and 1,900 are presently circulating in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Canada.