Go-Ahead Group has secured the Network 3A Murrbahn operating contract from the Baden-Württemberg public transport authority and the Bavarian rail authority (BEG).
The deal will see company operate on the links between Stuttgart and Nuremerg via Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental and Crailsheim, in the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
Go-Ahead will be subject to a ten-day stand-still period before the final contract conclusion, and is projected to start its 13-year franchise agreement in December 2019.
The new franchise will use Stadler Flirt3XL trains for the operation of 1.3 million train-km per year on the route, which is is also a part of the future Metropol-Express Network and currently operated by Deutsche Bahn.
Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland managing director Stefan Krispin said: “We’re delighted, with Network 3A, to now be able to operate on our third network in Germany, and want to win over additional passengers with our high-quality operations.
“Once the ten-day objection period has expired, we’ll set about discussing details with the awarding organisations as well as the manufacturer in order to meet the needs of our customers via innovative and customer-oriented solutions.
“Having already succeeded in winning people over with our service in Baden-Württemberg, we also want to establish ourselves in Network 3A as reliable and conscientious partners in rail transport and evolve into an employer people want to work for.”
The contract is the second contract awarded to Go-Ahead in Germany, after it was previously contract for the Rems-Fils and Franken-Enz routes along the Stuttgart railway network.