Germany: Go-Ahead Orders 22 Electric FLIRT Railcars from Stadler

FLIRT 160 © Stadler

Stadler has accepted a contract from Go-Ahead to build 22 electric FLIRT railcars for operation on the Allgäu E network in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. The railcars will provide services for the operator on the Munich-Memmingen-Lindau line. The delivery of the order will increase Go-Ahead’s fleet of FLIRT railcars to 88 vehicles.

The 74-metre long fully low-floor railcars can carry 395 passengers: 200 in second-class seats; 16 in first-class seats; and 179 standing. In addition to seating the vehicles all provide passengers with tables, plug sockets for charging mobile devices, Wi-Fi, luggage racks, and two toilets. 21 bicycles, bulky luggage, pushchairs and prams can be carried on each of the railcars. The wheelchair spaces are designed in accordance with TSI PRM standards. Passengers can be monitored via cameras in the ceilings of the carriages. Journey updates are provided by an on-board passenger information system. The trains travel at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The livery of the railcars for Go-Ahead will be the traditional blue and white colours of Bavaria.

Ulf Braker, Managing Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH, 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 extremely comfortable vehicles with large luggage racks are our key to meeting the increase in travel in this region.”

Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH, said:

“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. 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 contract was signed by Stefan Krispin and Ulf Braker at InnoTrans 2018 in Berlin.

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