Alstom has handed over the first modernized regional train, type Coradia Lint 41, on schedule to the Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG). Starting in August, the regional train will operate in the Elbe-Weser network of Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH (evb). The contract signed earlier this year between Alstom and LNVG includes the modernization of a total of 26 diesel trains until the end of 2019. Modernization, modification and acceptance are performed at the Alstom services location in Braunschweig, Germany.
The Coradia Lint trains have been in operation since 2003 for Nordwestbahn GmbH and Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH. The control system and the brake control, as well as the exterior and interior design are being modernized after 15 years. Alstom will equip the vehicles with WIFI, LED lighting, video recording in the interior, sockets and USB connections. The seats as well as the side wall and ceiling panelling will be renewed. In addition, an entirely new outside paint coating will be applied. New door systems equipped with a light grid and gap bridging, as well as improved multi-purpose areas including a wheel chair space with intercom and socket, contribute to improving the safety and comfort of the passengers. A separate area with fastening options is available for bicycles. The installation of a new vehicle control system will ensure that the train electronics are updated and prevent possible unavailabilities of spare parts in the future.
“The modernized vehicles offer passengers a state-of-the-art ambience and a contemporary comfort. This includes in addition to WIFI also charging opportunities for smart phones and laptops as well as video recording in the vehicles. The modernization activities are decisive for the longevity of a rail vehicle and they represent sustainability. This means that the vehicles of our fleet are operable with high quality for an additional 15 years”, says Hans-Joachim Menn, President of LNVG. LNVG, which is in charge of the organization of the regional rail transport between North Sea and Harz, spends almost €300 million annually for this purpose.
“This order is another milestone in our good and long-term cooperation with LNVG. Jointly, we offer passengers modern regional trains for an economical and sustainable transport. The modernized trains offer passengers the same level of comfort as any comparable new Coradia regional train currently produced in Salzgitter”, says Daniel Croonen, Managing Director Services for Alstom in Germany.
Starting in December 2019, a total of 15 upgraded vehicles will be used in the Elbe-Weser network and 11 on the Weser-/Lammetalbahn.
In Braunschweig, Alstom Service offers services such as accident repair, maintenance and upgrading of trains and employs currently more than 140 employees.