Berlin/Essingen, 16 March 2018 – On 14 April 2018 Go-Ahead, as building contractor, together with other project participants, as well in the presence of the State Minister for Transportation, Mr. Winfried Hermann, the Administrative Head of the Ostalbkreis District, Mr. Klaus Pavel, and the Mayor of Essingen, Wolfgang Hofer, laid the foundation stone for the new maintenance centre in Essingen, just outside Aalen.
“With the construction of the maintenance centre in Essingen, Go-Ahead is creating an important facility for the upkeep, inspection and maintenance of the new local transport trains,” Minister Hermann said at the ceremony on 14 April.
The construction of the maintenance centre is an important milestone in the mobilisation of the future Go-Ahead networks in Baden-Württemberg. In the municipality of Essingen, just outside Aalen, on-site maintenance service for approximately 60 vehicles should take place. Regular inspections, upkeep, service and maintenance is required so that these vehicles can be used for public transport.
This means that it is not just a maintenance centre that Go-Ahead is building at a cost of approximately 19 million euros. The proposal includes a double-track maintenance hall for railcars, with a workshop, warehouse, management and social areas for the workshop staff, a single-track external cleaning facility for railcars, completely covered and approximately 120 m in length, a stationary hygienic dump station, and areas for rectification/interior cleaning, each with their own track facility and connection to the existing Deutsche Bahn network.
“Go-Ahead establishing itself in this very central location of the East-Württemberg region represents a great boost to the entire Ostalbkreis and in particular for the municipality of Essingen. With the new maintenance centre, Essingen Railway Station will be roused from its long, deep sleep. Together with the extension of the four-lane Bundesstrasse [Highway] 29, it’s clear the time has come to have an open discussion about the reactivation of Essingen Railway Station,” said Wolfgang Hofer, Mayor of Essingen.
Limited operation of the workshop is scheduled to commence in December 2018, while the entire facility is due to be completed by April 2019. For the launch of operations of both sub-networks of Stuttgart’s Network 1 as well as the Murrbahn (Network 3a), the upkeep of the vehicle fleet should be reliably implemented there in cooperation with the Go-Ahead partner and vehicle manufacturer Stadler Pankow GmbH.
From left to right: Representative of the executive construction company Franz Traub; Dr. Peter Raue, Technical Managing Director Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg; Stefan Krispin, Managing Director Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland; Klaus Pavel, Administrative Head of the Ostalbkreis District; Winfried Hermann, State Minister for Transportation Baden-Württemberg; Wolfgang Hofer, Mayor of Essingen; Representative of the executive construction company Franz Traub. Photo © Sebastian Berger
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