Alstom sign contract with DB for 29 double-deck Coradia Stream trains
Posted: 6 April 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
Alstom have signed a contract to deliver 29 modern Coradia Stream High-Capacity trains that will increase transport capacity and reduce travel times for passengers in Germany’s Hesse region.
Alstom has signed a contract with Germany’s DB Regio AG (DB) for 29 Coradia Stream High-Capacity electric double-deck multiple units. The trains will be used on the RE50 (Frankfurt – Fulda – Bebra) and RB51 (Frankfurt-Wächtersbach) lines starting December 2025.
“We are extremely pleased that we have also convinced DB with our offer of Coradia Stream HC trains for the RE50 and RB51 lines,” Müslüm Yakisan, President of Alstom Region DACH, said. “This shows once again that our state-of-the-art high-capacity concept perfectly meets today’s needs for regional mobility in Germany.”
The Coradia Stream HC offers a high level of passenger comfort. It features four-seat groups with large tables in first class and small wall-mounted tables in second class. Power sockets at seats and free WLAN are also standard in the new trains. The Coradia Stream High-Capacity is designed to provide barrier-free access to all doors at most stations. This is possible thanks to the uniform boarding height of 600 millimetres. The train also offers 30 bicycle parking spaces, an asset for leisure riders and bicycle commuters.
“The new electric double-deck multiple-unit trains accelerate faster, this allows for a tighter interval, reducing travel time on the RE50 between Frankfurt and Fulda by an average of eight minutes,” Maik Dreser, Chairman of the Regional Management DB Regio Mitte, said. “In the future, the RE50 will even run to Bebra every hour during rush hour. With enlarged service and a high level of travel comfort, these new vehicles will make local transport in Kinzigtal much more attractive for passengers.”
“These new trains will enable us to offer over 1,080 seats between Frankfurt and Eastern Hesse at peak times, and 840 seats during normal hours compared to the previous 720,” Prof. Knut Ringat, Managing Director of Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund, said. “In addition, the trains offer more comfort with power sockets at the seat and tables, as well as free WLAN. With the combination of more space, more comfort, and faster journeys, our passengers benefit quite considerably from the new Alstom vehicles.”
DB Regio will continue to operate the RE50 and RB51 lines beyond the timetable change planned for December 14th, 2025, following a call for tenders by Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund and Nordhessischer Verkehrsverbund. Alstom will produce the trains for the Kinzig Valley Railway in Salzgitter.
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