Berlin, 07.09.17 – The contract was signed in Berlin on 6 September. Go-Ahead has commissioned Stadler with the delivery of 11 electric FLIRT railcars for use on the 3a “Murrbahn” Network in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
Go-Ahead was once again able to come out on top in a Europe-wide tender. The electric railcars will be used on the Stuttgart-Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental-Crailsheim-Nuremberg route as of December 2019. The order volume has a value of around 70 million euros.
This means Go-Ahead now has a fleet of 59 FLIRT railcars in total with various configurations and features. The three-car trains for the Murrbahn have long carriage bodies, are fitted with wide entry doors, and will be styled in the Baden-Württemberg state design. The spacious boarding areas are fitted with gap bridges and retractable steps.
377 people can travel in the 67.6 metre long railcars; 202 of them sitting in second class and 8 in first class. Just like all FLIRT railcars, these trains have a bright and friendly passenger area, are easily accessible, and have a continuous low-floor design.
The generous multi-purpose areas provide space for transporting up to 30 bicycles, bulky luggage, pushchairs and prams. Wheelchair spaces are installed according to TSI PRM, while a modern passenger information system and on-board Wi-Fi are also part of the contemporary design. The trains travel at a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
“We are very pleased about the new order and that we are now able to continue our working relationship with Go-Ahead,” says Ulf Braker, Managing Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH. “The FLIRT railcar is a product which has always enjoyed great popularity. The most up-to-date technology, comfortable furnishings and smooth operation pleases passengers, and operators value the high energy efficiency and the trains’ easy serviceability.”
“We are really looking forward to the extended collaboration with our partner, Stadler, in order to provide our passengers with more secure and comfortable travel experiences. It’s in both our interests to provide a quality service,” says Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead.
Stadler has been building trains for 75 years. The supplier of rolling stock manufacturing solutions is based in Bussnang in eastern Switzerland. Over 7000 employees work at numerous locations in Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Belarus, Algeria, Australia, and the USA. Stadler offers a comprehensive product range in the field of main-line and city rail traffic-high-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and suburban railways, underground railways, tram-trains and trams. Stadler also produces mainline locomotives, switchers and railway carriages. Europe’s strongest diesel-electric locomotive is among them. As before, Stadler is the world-leading producer of rack railway rolling stock.
Stadler in more figures: The best-selling FLIRT model (Fast Light Intercity Regional Train) has already been sold over 1400 times in a total of 17 countries. The KISS (comfortable, innovative, sprint-capable suburban train) is also in high demand. It has been sold 258 times in 9 countries. Europe’s strongest diesel-electric locomotive, the Euro4000, has been sold 130 times in 7 countries. Stadler Service also has vehicle fleets comprising over 680 vehicles with an annual mileage of over 110 million kilometres in 16 countries.
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