Berlin, 21.09.2018 – Go-Ahead has commissioned Stadler with the delivery of 22 electric FLIRT railcars for use on the Allgäu E network in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
The contract with a low three-figure million euro order volume was made official at a ceremonial signing from Stefan Krispin, General Manager Go-Ahead Germany, and Ulf Braker, CEO Stadler Pankow in Berlin during the international leading trade fair for transportation technology.
Go-Ahead once again triumphed in the context of a Europe-wide tender and will be operating the railway services on the Allgäu E network in future. As of 12.12.2021 the electric railcars will be put into action on the Munich-Memmingen-Lindau route. This means Go-Ahead now has a fleet of 88 FLIRT railcars in total with various configurations and features.
The four-part vehicles are generously designed in terms of seating, including work tables and plug sockets for charging mobile devices. Extra luggage racks add to the luggage storage above the seats. Passenger spaces can be monitored via cameras built into the vehicle ceilings, thus contributing to safety. Both the interior and the exterior of the vehicles are designed in the traditional Bavarian blue and white. 395 people can travel in the 74-metre long railcars; 200 of them sitting in second class and 16 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. There are two toilets in the railcars, one of which is equipped according to TSI PRM. The particularly large multi-purpose areas provide space for transporting up to 21 bicycles, bulky luggage, pushchairs and prams. Wheelchair spaces are installed according to TSI PRM. The state-of-the-art passenger information system and the Wi-Fi in the vehicles themselves help those travelling to receive up-to-the-minute journey updates. The trains travel at a maximum speed of 160 km/h.
“We are very pleased that we are able to continue the excellent, partner-based cooperation with Go-Ahead,” said Ulf Braker, Managing Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH. “The vehicles are the first e-vehicles that will run to Lindau am Bodensee on this route which will be electrified by the time operations begin. The extremely comfortable vehicles with large luggage racks are our key to meeting the increase in travel in this region.”
“With the supply contract for the Allgäu electric network we have now concluded our fourth contract with Stadler. One of the cornerstones of our high-quality operations are the state-of-the-art vehicles,” said Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH. “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.”
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