Transdev Group has announced an order for 64 Stadler FLIRT electric trains as it wins Germany’s biggest ever private rail contract.
Transdev, Germany’s largest private operator of rail and bus services, will begin in December 2021 the operation of the entire 385 km-long regional rail network in Hannover (Lower Saxony, Germany) for 12 and a half years, through its NordWestBahn subsidiary. The overall contract value exceeds €1.5 billion.
The fleet will be comprised of 13 existing and 64 new Stadler trains, with staff transferring from DB Regio to the new franchise. Transdev has ordered 64 Stadler FLIRT 160 for the concession, each offering a total capacity of 397 passengers and capable of reaching top speeds of 160 km/h.
“I am thrilled with the trust placed in Transdev, and that our business case and customer-oriented proposal for the Hannover regional trains has been judged as compelling,” says Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev Group. “This award will be an exceptional accomplishment for our group, and one of the largest contracts in our Group’s history. In this respect, we are strengthening our position as the second largest rail operator in Germany.”
“We will be delivering on our promise for improved municipal rail services and will fulfill our commitments to make this critical project a success for both our clients and customers. The announcement of this award further reinforces our position as the leading private supplier of local and regional public transport in Germany.”
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