Stuttgart, 5 June 2019. – With the minor timetable change on 9 June, two new railway companies in Baden-Württemberg hit the track. The two companies are Abellio and Go-Ahead, the latter of which commences regular operations in Germany for the first time on 9 June. With 28 Flirt³ trains newly approved by the German Federal Railway Authority, its own maintenance centre in Essingen, and around 260 employees throughout Germany, Go-Ahead will send its first train onto the tracks at 00:16 on Whit Sunday, starting at Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof (Main Station) and travelling to Karlsruhe.
Around 10 million train kilometres
In 2016–17, the state of Baden-Württemberg awarded Go-Ahead three contracts for rail transport: for lines 2 and 3 in the Stuttgart network (with the first stage of operations beginning in June 2019 and the second stage in December 2019) as well as for the Murrbahn network 3A (starting in December 2019). Since then, Go-Ahead has been pulling out all the stops to get everything ready for the now imminent start of operations. When stage 2 of operations takes effect in December 2019, Go-Ahead will cover around 10 million train kilometres annually in the service of the state of Baden-Württemberg and its mobility brand “bwegt”. “Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg’s top priority is customer satisfaction in all its aspects,” says Dr. Hans-Peter Sienknecht, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg.
New and improved trains
The Go-Ahead trains in Baden-Württemberg offer free WiFi, air conditioning, plenty of leg room, fully accessible carriages with universal toilets, plug sockets, as well as multi-purpose areas for those travelling with bicycles, wheelchairs, pushchairs or prams. The three- to six-car Flirt³ trains from Stadler Pankow will also feature the Baden-Württemberg state colours and “bwegt” design. 28 trains go into operation on 9 June, increasing to a total of 66 when the timetable changes in December.
Better connections in the regular timetable
Thanks to the regional trains ordered by the state, the rail lines running through Stuttgart will be significantly expanded from 9 June onwards. The change will see a gradual improvement in both frequency and train capacity.
For example, the Metropolexpress trains from Stuttgart to Aalen and from Stuttgart (Go-Ahead) or Bietigheim-Bissingen (Abellio) to Pforzheim will, in the future, operate at half-hour intervals on weekdays. Passengers on the route between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe will also have the option to travel at thirty-minute intervals thanks to the increase in IRE connections to three direct trains within a two-hour period in combination with the IC; on weekends two IRE trains will operate on the route within a two- hour period.
A new IRE connection will operate at two-hour intervals between Stuttgart and Aalen with stops in Schorndorf and Schwäbisch Gmünd. In combination with the IC the interval will be hourly, with a through service to Karlsruhe. Unlike the IC trains on the Karlsruhe – Nuremberg line, the IRE will also regularly stop in Schorndorf.
The current RE trains that travel between Stuttgart and Aalen will be extended as a new Metropolexpress line via Ellwangen to Crailsheim. This will also offer passengers new connections without needing to change trains.
Minor deviations from timetable in the first weeks
After gaining approval for the vehicles in May, Go-Ahead will operate exclusively with new trains. Due to delays in the approval process, Go-Ahead, together with the state of Baden-Württemberg and DB Netz, has made plans over recent months for an alternative concept for the introductory phase, This involves minor changes to the timetable, primarily on the outskirts of the train routes. The result will be minor deviations from the timetable in the first weeks and a brief pause in operations of the trains 19425 and 19498 between Aalen and Ellwangen. It will also not be possible to carry out all the direct services from Crailsheim via Aalen to Stuttgart. It will occasionally be necessary to change in Aalen. Passengers can see these changes in the online timetable.
Passenger information online
The Go-Ahead website go-ahead-bw.de provides information on fares and tickets, timetables, group journeys, travel for persons with disabilities, carriage regulations, as well as information about our service centre and the train stations on our routes. The latest information can also be found at all times on Go-Ahead’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles.
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