Go-Ahead Launches First Bavarian Services

Go-Ahead Bayern has launched services between Munich and Lindau via Memmingen.

This is the latest contract for Go-Ahead in Germany after the company started running services in the neighbouring state of Baden-Württemberg in 2019. This contract has a runtime of twelve years, during which Go-Ahead’s electric fleet will travel around 2.7 million train kilometres every year.

Stadler Flirt (GABY) operating in Bavaria for Go-Ahead Group
Stadler Flirt (GABY) operating in Bavaria for Go-Ahead Group

The fleet comprises a new fleet of 22 electric Stadler FLIRT trains following the recent electrification of the line. Each train has 216 seats and is equipped with at least 20 bicycle racks.

As part of the new December timetable, a new express service has been introduced between Memmingen and Munich, meaning the 110km route will take only a little over an hour. DB has been upgrading the infrastructure to ensure level boarding and improved access for passengers using wheelchairs, pushchairs and bicycles.

Christian Schreyer, Go-Ahead Group CEO, said:

“We are delighted to be operating our first services on behalf of the state of Bavaria. Our team has been working hard to deliver a completely new fleet, new maintenance arrangements and recruit a team of drivers and conductors to provide the service. We have been working closely with our client bodies Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) and Department of Transport Baden-Württemberg, and other partners to enable a successful start to operations, and we look forward to continuing to improve services for our new customers.”

The new electric fleet is quieter and cleaner than the previous diesel fleet and the trains can also accelerate faster.

Go-Ahead will take on further services in Bavaria in 2022, operating the regional Munich-Augsburg-Ulm; Augsburg-Donauwörth-Würzburg; and Donauwörth-Aalen lines.

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