Alstom has won a €100m order from German public transport authority Zweckverband Großraum Braunschweig (ZGB) to supply 20 Coradia Continental regional trains.
The deal, which has an option for 13 additional trains, includes a 20-year maintenance contract for new trains scheduled to enter service in December 2015.
Alstom will carry out the manufacturing of the new Coradia Continental regional trains at its Salzgitter plant in Germany.
Maintenance will take place at the Alstom Train Life Service competence centre in Braunschweig.
Under the maintenance deal, the company will provide complete maintenance of the trains and information technology support for all 20 new trains.
With the new regional trains, ZGB is looking to obtain a modern, comfortable and reliable service to circulate in the Elektronetz Niedersachsen Ost network (ENNO), from Hannover to Wolfsburg and from Wolfsburg to Hildesheim via Braunschweig.
Capable of running at a top speed of 160 km/h, the Coradia trains will be equipped with electrodynamic brakes that will allow the braking energy to be recovered by up to 30%.
Each four-car Coradia Continental trains will also be capable of accommodating around 450 passengers and will be equipped with an LZB system, a signalling and train control system used on high speed trains, to move on the ENNO network.
ZGB director and managing director of regional subsidiary RGB Hennig Brandes said: "The new trains will offer passengers modern and attractive mass transit with maximum comfort and will make a decisive contribution to the further development of mass transit in the region."
The trains will be equipped with monitoring cameras and crash protection elements for passenger safety, and will also feature wheelchairs, bicycles and baby carriages.
Coradia Continental will also be fitted with movable steps to close the gap between the platform and the train.
Image: Alstom will deliver its Coradia Continental regional trains to ZGB in December 2015. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.