Alstom will supply 7 new Coradia Lint regional trains to Hessische Landesbahn and modernize 25 Lint already in operation
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Alstom has been awarded two contracts by Hessische Landesbahn (HLB), one for the supply of seven Coradia Lint regional trains and the other for the modernisation of 25 Coradia Lint already in service. Together, the contracts are worth around 40 million Euros. Both the new and the modernized trains will enter service in 2015.
The seven new trains and the 25 modernized ones will circulate in the Eifel-Westerwald-Sieg network in Germany and will cover a distance of 3.6 million kilometres each year. By placing this order, HLB wanted to increase network transport capacity and also to enhance passenger comfort.
Veit Salzmann, Managing Director of Hessische Landesbahn said: With these trains from Alstom, our long-term experience and the extraordinarily high service spirit of our employees, we offer our regional passengers very modern and attractive mass transit. We have paid special attention to equipping the new and old trains with comfortable seats and providing a modern ambience.
Martin Lange, Member of the Board of Alstom Deutschland AG and Managing Director of Alstom Transport Germany added: These new orders follow a long and successful partnership between Alstom and HLB. The award of both the supply of new trains and the refitting of existing ones demonstrates Alstoms leadership and expertise in manufacturing state-of-the-art regional trains and in providing fleet renovation, modernisation and complete overhaul services.
The new Coradia Lint is a two-car Diesel Multiple Unit that can run at a speed of 120 km per hour with a high acceleration rate. The new trains provide large seating capacities and can accommodate around 240 passengers. 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 step for bridging the gap between the train and the platform.
The trains will be manufactured in the Alstom plant in Salzgitter, Germany.
The modernisation of the existing 25 Lint trains includes hardware and software upgrades enabling a mix of old and renovated trains in any combination. The revamped train will offer completely renewed face-to-face seating equipped with electrical plugs. Furthermore, the lights will be replaced by LED overhead lighting. According to the European TSI PRM requirement (for people with reduced mobility), the closing and opening mechanism of the doors will be provided with optical and acoustic signalling. To reinforce passengers feeling of safety, the train will be equipped with video cameras.
The modernisation will be performed in the Alstom Trains Life Services in Braunschweig, Germany.