DB-Regio and Go-Ahead sign a cooperation agreement
Stuttgart, 28.02.2019 – An exemplary alliance: In the presence of Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Transport, Winfried Hermann MdL, DB-Regio and Go-Ahead signed a cooperation agreement. The shared goal: Ensuring that the transfer of undertakings from DB-Regio to Go-Ahead in June 2019 is as smooth as possible for the passengers.
At its core, the mutual agreement of the two rail transport companies allows DB-Regio to support the Stuttgart network of Go-Ahead by deploying train conductors starting from the timetable change on 9 June 2019. Around 30 train drivers from DB-Regio will support Go-Ahead. Concurrently, Go-Ahead employees are now beginning their work for DB-Regio on various lines. The agreement will be in place for three years.
Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann MdL believes that the cooperation is in the interest of customers: “Competition can lead to a change in operator. However, it cannot be allowed to negatively impact the passengers and employees. Therefore, although it is good when rail transport companies compete for the best offer, companies must cooperate in rail transport after the bid has been awarded. I would like to thank DB-Regio and Go-Ahead for concluding this exemplary cooperation agreement. It ensures excellent and competent railway services.”
“I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with Go-Ahead”, says David Weltzien, Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg DB-Regio Regional Management. “We see ourselves as a leading mobility service provider and are proud to be able to offer this innovative solution. It also means that, in addition to our train driver pool in Baden-Württemberg, we will be able to provide some of the train drivers affected by the downsizing with additional, local prospects.”
Hans-Peter Sienknecht, Managing Director for Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg, adds: “For us, the agreement sends the important signal that the competition ends after a tender has been concluded. We see public transport as a joint effort which always keeps the well-being of the passengers in mind. Furthermore, it is important to us to keep train drivers in the region, to grant them a positive outlook, and to present ourselves as an attractive employer.”
- Beginning in June 2019, Go-Ahead will progressively take over the routes 2 (Rems–Fils) and 3 (Franken–Enz) in the Stuttgart rail network.
- Routes in line 2: Stuttgart–Aalen–Crailsheim, Stuttgart–Geislingen (Steige)–Ulm
- Lines in line 3: Stuttgart–Aalen, Stuttgart–Karlsruhe, Stuttgart–Heilbronn–Lauda–Würzburg.
- The operator Abellio won the bid for line 1 (Neckartal). The operations takeover also begins in June.
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