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DB Regio selected for Rhein-Neckar operating contract
DB Regio has placed an order from Siemens Mobility for 18 three-part Mireo trainsets that will be used for service on the Lausitz regional network in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony. The order is a result of Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) awarding DB Regio with the contract for the Lausitz network in December 2019.
The trainsets will be built at the Siemens Mobility plant in Krefeld, Germany, with the first trainsets set to be delivered to DB Regio by autumn 2022. Commissioning of the trains will take place between October 2021 and November 2022, and passenger service is scheduled to begin in late 2022.
Dr.-Ing. Joachim Trettin, CEO of DB Regio AG, Regio Nordost, said: “The contract for the Lausitz network with these new trains marks a great success. It’s especially important for us that we were able to secure employment for our colleagues in southeast Brandenburg for a further 13 years. The modern trains will offer our passengers a substantially improved level of comfort and convenience: Features like WLAN, USB charging ports and even charging stations for e-bikes will clearly increase the attractiveness of public transport in Brandenburg and Saxony.”
The Mireo trainsets ordered by DB Regio benefit from 180 seats, enhanced passenger comfort and full barrier-free access. Additionally, the order includes features such as: WLAN, charging stations for e-bikes, energy-saving lighting, power sockets with integrated USB charging ports, inductive charging at the tables with vis-à-vis seating, and premium-quality first class sections.
CEO of Siemens Mobility, Sabrina Soussan, said: “We are delighted that we have been commissioned to build the new trains for the Lausitz network. With this order, the number of Mireos will increase to almost 180 train sets! The Mireo is our intelligent and proven regional and commuter platform, which combines economy with sustainability over the entire life cycle of the train and enables increased passenger comfort through many extras such as inductive charging options, WLAN and comfortable seats.”
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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