Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Regio has signed a €220m contract with Stadler to procure 18 double-deck trains for operations on the east electrical network.

The contract follows the commissioning of DB Regio as the operator of the network to the north-east of Hamburg.

Under the terms of the contract, Stadler will deliver 18 KISS-variant vehicles for suburban operations, which are expected to begin from 2022.

Stadler Germany CEO Jure Mikolčić said: “We are delighted with this order from the Schleswig-Holstein region because it means we can continue our successful working relationship with Deutsche Bahn.

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“This contract confirms that railway companies need modern, reliable and smooth-running double-decker vehicles that can transport a high number of passengers easily and quickly.”

The KISS double-decker trains comprise two railcars and two central cars. Each double-decker car has 405 seats, of which 38 are in first class.

The vehicles are equipped with Wi-Fi, power sockets and CCTV systems. Additionally, the KISS trains feature a modern passenger information system and electronic reservation capabilities.

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Overall, each rail car can accommodate 880 passengers. Up to three railcars can be connected together, allowing the train to transport 2,640 passengers per journey.

The lower level of the double-decker trains are spacious and can store wheelchairs, prams and bicycles. The section also includes wheelchair-accessible toilets.

The trains have eight entrances and are equipped with a gap bridge instead of steps to facilitate swift access. They are also optimised to fit a platform height of 76cm.

Recently, Stadler won another contract to deliver eight diesel multiple unit trains to US-based transport agency Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).