Aalen, 12.11.2018 – With around 120 guests and in the presence of the Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister, Winfried Hermann MdL, the Mayor of the City of Aalen, Thilo Rentschler, and the District Commissioner of Ostalbkreis, Klaus Pavel, Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg are celebrating the arrival of the first FLIRT regional transport railcar for Baden-Württemberg.
In the last two years Go-Ahead has ordered 66 electric low-floor trains from Stadler so as to be able to commence regional rail transport in Baden-Württemberg on schedule. The new trains will be running in the Stuttgart Network as of 9 June 2019 and on the Murrbahn as of 15 December 2019.
With its latest-generation, wheelchair-accessible trains that run on a reliable schedule, Go-Ahead is making an important contribution to the modernisation and expansion of local and regional public transport in Baden-Württemberg. We want to double the number of passengers by 2030. Our attractive new trains in the state design with passenger-friendly features offer a comfortable and environmentally friendly alternative to private cars. “I am counting on reliable quality from Go-Ahead and the vehicles from Stadler,” said Winfried Hermann MdL, Transport Minister of Baden-Württemberg.
The roll-out of the FLIRT is one of the key milestones in the creation of a technically highly complex rail vehicle. Its spectacular arrival in Aalen was witnessed live by the invited guests from the fields of politics and economics.
Go-Ahead now has a fleet of 66 FLIRT railcars in total with various configurations and features. The fully air-conditioned vehicles for the Baden-Württemberg Network offer, depending on the type of vehicle, space for more than 700 guests, and provide up to 328 seats. The bright and welcoming passenger area is wheelchair-accessible, and with low-flooring there are no restrictions on mobility. The spacious boarding areas are fitted with gap bridges and retractable steps.
What’s more, the new vehicles feature a modern passenger information system as well as Wi-Fi for passengers throughout the train. Spacious multi-purpose areas provide room for the transport of bicycles. All vehicles, both internally and externally, will feature Baden-Württemberg’s state design in the form of its new brand for sustainable mobility “bwegt”.
“We are very pleased to be able to operate in the Stuttgart rail network and the Murrbahn with our fleet. With a high-quality service as well as innovative and customer-oriented solutions, we want to attract more passengers to the regional rail network of Baden-Württemberg,” said Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH. “We will be a reliable and responsible partner in rail transport and develop into an employer of choice in the region. As a mobility provider, we are place great value on working together with all other transport companies,” said Stefan Krispin, emphasising that “Go-Ahead’s utmost priority is safety and quality for both our passengers and our employees”.
Stuttgart rail network
In order to create attractive competition conditions, the tender process for Network 1 (Stuttgarter Netze) was divided up so that smaller railway companies could also take part. The so-called Baden-Württemberg model, in which the Baden-Württemberg State Institute for Railway Vehicles (SFBW) owns the vehicles and leases these back to Go-Ahead, was used as the vehicle financing model. SFBW is thus also a contract partner of Go-Ahead. The institute procures the vehicles, leases them to the relevant railway company (EVU), and monitors the maintenance of the vehicles by the EVU.
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