Velten, 05/09/2018 – Stadler and Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg, together with around 100 guests and in the presence of the new Swiss Ambassador to Germany, Paul Seger, and the Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister, Winfried Hermann MdL, are today celebrating the roll out 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. The aim is to make rail transport an appealing 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 is one of the key milestones in the creation of a technically highly complex rail vehicle. The spectacular arrival of the FLIRT train in Velten was witnessed live by around 100 guests from the fields of politics and economics. The best-selling FLIRT model (Fast Light Intercity and Regional Train) has already been sold over 1,500 times in a total of 17 countries. The fully air-conditioned vehicles for the Baden-Württemberg Network offer, depending on the type of vehicle, space for more than 700 guests, including seating for 328. The bright and welcoming passenger area is wheelchair-accessible, and with low-flooring throughout there are no restrictions on mobility. The spacious boarding areas are fitted with gap bridges and retractable steps.
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”.
Go-Ahead now has a fleet of 66 FLIRT railcars in total with various configurations and features. “We are very pleased about the successful and trustworthy cooperation with Go-Ahead,” said Ulf Braker, Managing Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH. “Already ten FLIRT trains are being prepared for the BW1 Network, the remaining trains will follow later this year and in 2019. We also won’t lose sight of our 66 FLIRT trains after handing them over to our customer. Happily, Go-Ahead has given us the contract to maintain the vehicles at our facility in Essingen, and so we will be continuing our successful cooperation beyond the point of delivery.”
The first trains manufactured by Stadler for Go-Ahead in Baden-Württemberg are ready to hit the tracks. As part of the process of launching operations, the final steps will be carried out to get the fully-assembled rail vehicles ready for service.
“We are very pleased about the work with our new partner, Stadler, in order to provide our passengers with a safer and more enjoyable travel experience. Reliability and trust as the basis of our cooperation are also the values that define us as partners of the people in Baden-Württemberg,” says Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Germany.
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