Contract signing: electric regional transport on the Munich – Memmingen – Lindau line is on its way

Memmingen, 13.11.2018 – Today, Go-Ahead and the contracting organisations from Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg signed the transport contract for the operation of the Munich – Memmingen – Lindau regional line as of December 2021. The celebratory signing took place in Memmingen’s town hall. The Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft [Bavarian Railway Company] and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport had already awarded the contract for the operation of the line to Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland in August. The company is a subsidiary of the British Go-Ahead Group and has come out on top in a Europe-wide tender process. As of December 2021 Go-Ahead will deploy 22 electric FLIRT³ trains from the manufacturer Stadler and take over from the previous operator DB Regio.

Thomas Prechtl, the Managing Director of the Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft (BEG), which plans, finances and monitors regional transport in Bavaria on behalf of the state, signed the transport contract. “I’m looking forward to Bahnland Bayern becoming more diverse with Go-Ahead,” Prechtl said. “Competition in the rail sector has always paid off for the passengers. We have been able to invest the financial margin gained from the competitive tender processes into a more regular service and more comfort. This will also be the case between Munich, Memmingen and Lindau. In the future there will be at least twice as many direct connections, which will also be significantly faster than today.”

The BEG has ordered additional trains on the Munich– Memmingen Line in order to achieve an hourly service as of 2021. Previously there was only a train once a day serving all stations between Geltendorf and Memmingen. Now it will be every two hours. There will also be an hourly express service in the future, stopping only at selected stations and then serving all stations up to Lindau. The fast electric railcars will only need around an hour between Memmingen and Munich, thus being approximately half an hour faster than the diesel trains used today. Direct regional trains between Munich and Lindau were to date only in service on the lines via Kempten and Oberstaufen.

And there’s yet another plus for passengers: During the morning commuter traffic more seats will be offered on the busiest stretch between Buchloe and Munich. The tender called for up to 600 second-class seats in the top trains for peak traffic times.

The Go-Ahead Group is already well-known in Baden-Württemberg as it will take over operations next year on two networks between Stuttgart and Nuremberg also partly in Bavaria. “We were once again won over by the Go-Ahead Group’s offer,” says Volker M. Heepen, Managing Director of the Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (NVBW). “Thanks to their accessibility, WiFi, video surveillance and numerous other features, the new, modern trains will also bring a welcome increase in quality to the Baden-Württemberg stretch of line. The service during the week will be extended to a consistent hourly and direct service between Memmingen and Lindau when operation begins. Further improvements to the weekend service during the contractual period are also being considered.”

Both the interior and exterior of the four-car FLIRTs (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) have the blue and white design of Go-Ahead. They are fitted with generous seating arrangements and additional luggage racks. 395 people can travel in the 74-metre long trains; 200 of them sitting in second class and 16 in first class. Just like all FLIRT vehicles, these trains have a bright and friendly passenger area, are easily accessible, and have a continuous low-floor design. The electric trains travel at a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

“With Elektronetz Allgäu we are very pleased to be able to operate what is now our fourth network in Germany,” said Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH. “The preparations for the scheduled start of operations in December 2021 are well underway. One of the cornerstones of our high-quality service are the state-of-the-art vehicles. As new railway operators on this route, our future passengers will have high expectations of us in terms of comfort, safety and quality, and we want to fulfil these expectations with the new FLIRT railcars from Stadler.”

Manfred Schilder, Mayor of the Town of Memmingen, emphasised the advantages of the new transport contract for the region. “We are thrilled about the more frequent direct service planned between Munich and Lindau. For the town of Memmingen, this will mean an even better link to the Munich metropolitan area and the Bodensee.”

from left to right: Thomas Prechtl, Managing Director Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft (BEG); Manfred Schilder, Mayor of the Town of Memmingen; Stefan Krispin, Managing Director Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland; Philipp Hendricks, Advisor of Regional Passenger Rail Transport, Ministry of Transport Baden-Württemberg; Volker M. Heepen, Managing Director Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (NVBW) (Photo Erik Bethkenhagen, Go-Ahead)

The Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH (BEG)

The Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft [Bavarian Railway Company] is a company of the Free State of Bavaria. The BEG plans, finances and monitors the regional and S-Bahn transport in Bavaria on behalf of the Bavarian State Ministry for Housing, Building and Transport. Quality assurance and the conception and improvement of transport schedules are among the BEG’s most important tasks in this regard. The commissions for transport services are awarded in competitive procedures. The transport company who submits the most overall economic, i.e. the best offer in terms of both price and quality, is awarded the contract. As a consequence of the competition between the railway companies, the BEG has in recent years been able to continuously improve not only the transport schedule, but also quality characteristics such as punctuality, comfort and passenger information. The introduction of the Bayern Service (hourly service for almost the whole of Bavaria) and the Bavaria Ticket were among the great successes.

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Transport

The ministry is responsible for everything concerning mobility and road construction.

Mobility and traffic: This involves the planning, construction and maintenance of roads as well as all other transport routes, and the infrastructure and development of new innovative concepts for sustainable mobility in the state. Sustainable mobility: Other important areas are traffic noise protection, promoting walking and cycling and citizen’s participation in implementing infrastructure projects. The ministry works closely with other ministries and authorities to conduct its work.

In cooperation with the Nahverkehrsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg [regional transport company], the Ministry of Transport takes care of the organisation and marketing of regional rail transport.
The umbrella brand “bwegt” represents local public transport service in Baden-Württemberg. It will take over the successful “3-Löwen-Takt [3 lions service]” as of October 2017. In the future, “bwegt” will represent the integrated and interconnected mobility of Baden-Württemberg.

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