New FLIRTs for Go-Ahead Germany

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Go-Ahead has awarded Stadler a contract for 22 four-car FLIRT EMUs for use on the Allgäu E network in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

The UK-based operator secured the operating contract for the network in August – its fourth in Germany – which will start from December 2021.

Stefan Krispin, managing director of Go-Ahead Germany, said that one of the cornerstones of a high-quality service is its state-of-the-art vehicles.

He added: “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.”

The FLIRTs will be designed in the traditional blue and white colours of Bavaria and feature internal cameras, plug sockets and mobile phone charging points.

They will also include a large space for transporting up to 21 bicycles, items of bulky luggage, pushchairs and prams.

Photo: Stadler.
Photo: Stadler.

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The deal between Stadler and Go-Ahead marks the fourth such agreement between the two rail companies.

Stadler Pankow managing director Ulf Braker said: “We are very pleased that we are able to continue the excellent, partner-based cooperation with Go-Ahead.

“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 ‘three-figure’ million euro contract was made official during a signing ceremony at InnoTrans.

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