Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland has awarded Stadler Pankow a contract to supply 45 Flirt3 electric multiple-units (EMUs) for use on the Stuttgart Network 1.
Under the deal, Stadler will deliver 11 three-car and 15 five-car EMUs for Stuttgart Lot 2, which covers 3.7 million km/year.
For Lot 3 services, a further nine four-car and 10 six-car EMUs will be delivered, totalling 4.4 million vehicle km/year.
The vehicles in this lot will be fitted with an additional train security system (LZB) and be equipped for installation of the ETCS Level 2 system at a later date.
Stadler Pankow’s managing director Ulf Braker said: "We are pleased that our new business partner has decided to place their trust in us, and we look forward to working together in the future."
Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft was established in Berlin in 2014 and it initiated a call for tenders across Europe for trains to be operated on the Stuttgart Network 1.
Stadler noted that the 160km/h low-floor EMUs will have 10 first-class seats, with 165, 217, 273, or 329 standard seats.
Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland’s managing director Stefan Krispin said: "We are greatly looking forward to working together with our partner Stadler to provide our passengers with a safe and comfortable travelling experience.
"Creating long-term partnerships in and for the region is an integral component of our company philosophy."
The new vehicles will be operated on the following routes after the timetable change in June 2019.
The routes include Stuttgart-Aalen-Crailsheim, Stuttgart-Ulm, Stuttgart-Aalen, Stuttgart-NBS S-MA-Pforzheim-Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart-Heilbronn-Osterburken-Lauda-Würzburg.
Image: Stadler’s Flirt3 EMUs will be operated by Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland on the Stuttgart Network. Photo: courtesy of Stadler