Alstom to Supply 20 Coradia Continental Regional Trains to ZGB in Germany
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France -- December 18, 2012
Alstom (Paris:ALO) has received an order from Zweckverband Großraum
Braunschweig GmbH (ZGB), through its subsidiary Regionalbahnfahrzeuge Großraum
Braunschweig GmbH (RGB), for 20 Coradia Continental regional trains. This
contract, which includes an option for 13 additional trains, is worth over
€100 million. The contract was signed in the presence of German Federal
Minister of Transport Dr. Peter Ramsauer and Prime Minister of Lower Saxony,
David McAllister. Alstom has also been awarded a 20-year maintenance contract
for the 20 trains.
The new Coradia Continental regional trains are due to enter service in
December 2015. They will be manufactured in Alstom’s plant in Salzgitter
(Germany), where a total of 189 trains of this type have already been ordered.
The fleet will be maintained by the Alstom Train Life Service competence
center specialized in maintenance and modernization operations of commuter and
tram-trains in Braunschweig.
“Today is a very special day for Salzgitter and the metropolitan area of
Braunschweig”, says David McAllister, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony.
“Zweckverband Großraum Braunschweig orders 20 new trains for Elektronetz
Niedersachsen Ost-network from Alstom Transport. The federal state government
of Lower Saxony has supported the purchase of these vehicles with 100 million
Euros from regionalization funding. The award of the contract strengthens the
industrial site Salzgitter and contributes to a good workload.”
In placing this order, ZGB is seeking to obtain a modern, comfortable and
reliable regional trains to circulate in the Elektronetz Niedersachsen Ost
network (ENNO), from Hannover to Wolfsburg and from Wolfsburg to Hildesheim
The Coradia Continental is a four-car EMU (Electric Multiple Unit) train with
a capacity of 450 passengers. The train can run at maximum speed of 160 km/h
with a high acceleration rate. It will be equiped with the LZB system, a
signalling and train control system used on high speed trains to circulate on
the ENNO network. Environmentally friendly, the train will be equiped with
electrodynamic braking which can recover up to 30% of electricity for the
To increase passenger safety, monitoring cameras and crash protection elements
will be installed on the train. Alstom will implement a series of measures
according to the European Standard for Collision Safety of Rail Vehicles (EN
Coradia Continental can operate in double traction, increasing passenger
capacity to 900 persons. Particular attention has been given to providing
acoustic signals, handrails, signs and lighting for reduced mobility and
visually impaired persons. In addition, the train features areas for
wheelchairs, bicycles and strollers. To facilitate and smooth out passenger
flow, the train will be equiped with movable steps to bridge the gap between
the platform and the train.
The 20-year maintenance contract for the 20 Coradia Continental covers the
full maintenance of the trains and includes state-of-the-art Information
Technology support. Electronic handheld devices for drivers, automated health
and fault reporting, IT-based hand-over processes and a central information
platform will provide precise information to all parties involved and deliver
the highest operational availability.
Hennig Brandes, Director of the Zweckverband Großraum Braunschweig GmbH
Association and Managing Director of Regionalbahnfahrzeuge Großraum
Braunschweig GmbH, noted: ”The new trains will offer passengers modern and
attractive mass transit with maximum comfort and will make a decisive
contribution to the further development of mass transit in the region. The
train service by Alstom as manufacturer of the trains will guarantee the best
possible and most economical use of all resources. This is a trendsetting
model for the future“.
Martin Lange, Member of the Board of Alstom Deutschland AG and Managing
Director of Alstom Transport Germany said: ” It is the biggest order which
combines the supply of new trains with a long-term maintenance service
contract for Alstom in Germany. It testifies to Alstom’s expertise and
leadership on the growing, dynamic service market for trains”.
About Zweckverband Großraum Braunschweig GmbH (ZGB)
The association Zweckverband Großraum Braunschweig GmbH develops the „Regional
Train Concept 2014+“ in which the network Elektronetz Niedersachsen Ost is one
of the most important modules. This concept shall bring many advantages in
public transportation for people in the whole region. Main targets of the
association are a better offer, departures almost every hour on all routes
during high traffic, optimized connections between busses and trains, a step
by step modernization of all stations, a dynamic passenger information system
and modern trains. In the coming years, there shall be an investment of €65
million in the infrastructure of the network, mainly in tracks, in
modernization of existing stations and in the construction of new stations.
About Regionalbahnfahrzeuge Großraum Braunschweig GmbH (RGB)
The association Regionalbahnfahrzeuge Großraum Braunschweig GmbH has been
founded in spring 2012. Its main task is the procurement of trains, which will
be made available for the railway companies in the course of future tenders
for transport services.
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^1 Standards for crash requirements: European norm DIN EN 15227:2008
(requirements on the collision safety of rail vehicle bodies)
Press contacts ZGB / RGB
Gisela Noske – Tel.: +49 531 242 6252 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Press contacts Alstom
Emmanuelle Châtelain, Isabelle Tourancheau – Tel +33 1 41 37 38 /39 95
Dominik Beyer (Alstom Germany) – Tel +49 621 329 1537
Delphine Brault – Tel.: +33 1 41 49 26 42
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