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Dutch Railways subsidiary Abellio Rail Mitteldeutschland has awarded a €170m contract to Alstom to deliver 52 Coradia Lint 41 regional trains for operation on non-electrified sections of its Saxony-Anhalt network.

Scheduled to enter service in December 2018, the new trains will be designed, manufactured and commissioned at Alstom’s factory in Salzgitter, Germany.

The new low-consumption diesel multiple units (DMU), which have an operating speed of 140km/h, will serve lines connecting the state capital Magdeburg with Wolfsburg and Stendal in the north, Erfurt and Halle in the south and Goslar in the west.

Alstom Germany and Austria vice-president Didier Pfleger said: "The Public Transport Authority of Saxony-Anhalt, Nasa, set a high level of quality requirements for these new built trains.

"Alstom is very pleased to provide passengers with a modern, state-of-the art regional train, designed in Germany.

"Abellio is a long-term partner of Alstom and already operates Coradia Lint trains.

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"We are proud to be able to pursue this co-operation."

The two-car Coradia Lint DMUs, which will have a total capacity of 230 passengers, will feature a spacious seat layout with tables for laptops.

"Alstom is very pleased to provide passengers with a modern, state-of-the art regional train, designed in Germany."

It will also be equipped with Wi-Fi, an entertainment and passenger information system, video surveillance and onboard ticket machines.

Abellio Rail Central Germany managing director Dirk Ballerstein said: "With these new trains we are operating 13 lines in total.

"We will offer the same quality, which our customers in the Saale-Thuringia-Südharz network may already experience.

"In addition to the modern technical equipment, each of our trains will also be staffed with a customer service agent."

The vehicles will also offer better accessibility to people with reduced mobility as they feature standard platform heights, space for wheelchairs and a barrier-free toilet.

The trains are equipped with sufficient storage for up to nine bicycles with electric socket to charge e-bikes.

More than 2,200 Coradia trains have been sold and 1,900 are currently circulating in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Canada.

Image: The Coradia Lint trains will enter service in December 2018 on non-electrified sections of its Saxony-Anhalt network. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.