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Siemens has officially been awarded a record breaking order from Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region. The contract involves work on the new Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX) rail transport concept commissioned Siemens to supply 82 Desiro HC electric multiple units and to provide maintenance services for a period of 32 years. The contract is worth over 1.7 billion, and is now the largest regional rail transport order ever won by Siemens in Germany.
“This is a huge success for Siemens’ rail business. The project will secure existing high-quality jobs in North Rhine-Westphalia and create new ones. Our state-of-the-art train is good news for millions of commuters along the Rhine and Ruhr rivers in Germany’s most densely populated region,” said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division.
Siemens will build a maintenance facility in Dortmund-Eving, where up to four trains can be serviced simultaneously and around 100 new specialists will work in multiple shifts.
the RRX will help ease the steadily worsening traffic conditions along the Rhine and Ruhr when delivery of the trains begins in 2018. The region is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe, with a population of roughly ten million and numerous transit routes.
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