Alstom agree to supply 130 Coradia Stream trains to SFBW in Germany
Posted: 10 May 2022 | Elliot Robinson (Editorial Assistant - Global Railway Review) | No comments yet
Alstom have signed a contract valued up to €2.5 billion to supply Coradia Stream trains and provide full-service maintenance for 30 years in Germany.
Alstom has signed a contract to supply 130 Coradia Stream High Capacity (HC) electric double-deck trains to Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) for the Baden-Württemberg network in Germany. In addition to the delivery of the trains, Alstom has also been contracted to provide full-service maintenance for a period of 30 years to ensure the trains’ seamless availability. Furthermore, the contract reserves an option to order up to 100 additional trains. With a value of almost €2.5 billion for the first 130 trains and their maintenance for over 30 years, this is the largest order for Alstom in Germany to date.
“This contract undoubtedly marks a milestone in the cooperation between Alstom and the state of Baden-Württemberg, state-of-the-art trains like our Coradia Stream High Capacity are the best answer to the question of how to meet the growing need for sustainable and future-proof mobility solutions in Germany,” Müslüm Yakisan, President of Alstom Region DACH, said. “I am extremely pleased that our high-capacity concept is appealing to SFBW and that Alstom was selected as the preferred partner for the future of mobility in Baden-Württemberg. This decision is proof that our green and digital solutions optimally address today and tomorrow’s needs for regional mobility in Germany.”
“These trains are sprinters in local transport, we want to attract many additional passengers with these trains,” Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport Baden-Württemberg, said. “Alstom has to ensure seamless operational capability of the trains on a daily basis within the framework of the so-called life cycle model (LCC model). Care was also taken to ensure that, despite very powerful vehicles with a top speed of 200km/h, we also get very energy-efficient vehicles. Alstom will also be responsible for energy consumption for the duration of the contract.”
“Regarding the vehicle design, we have paid particular attention to passenger comfort,” Volker M. Heepen, Managing Director of Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg, said. “There will be reclining seats, well-designed seating landscapes, areas for people with reduced mobility, as well as an innovative lighting concept and strong Wi-Fi.”
The four-car trains consist of two double-deck control cars and two single-deck middle cars, for a total of 380 seats. They have a length of 106 metres and can operate in multiple traction. The trains are built according to SFBW requirements and contribute to modern transport in the region. Air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, numerous charging options for mobile phones and laptops, as well as reading lamps contribute to a pleasant travel experience.
Additionally, lounge areas, conference and family compartments offer a high level of comfort, whereas multi-purpose compartments offer space for large luggage, prams, and bicycles. Wide single-leaf doors and optimised opening and closing times allow for a quick entry and exit. As for passengers with reduced mobility, they can enjoy the luxury of travelling with the same comfort as other passengers. For example, the doorsills of the vehicles allow step-free access from the standard platform with 760mm above the top of the rails, and for stations with different platform heights, there are special lifts in the car for passengers in wheelchairs.
Coradia Stream is a state-of-the-art, low-floor, high-performance electric multiple unit (EMU), with a maximum speed of up to 200 km/h that offers a modular design, allowing operators to choose their best configuration and interior. Developed for the European market, Coradia Stream can operate on all the main European power supply systems. In total, over 730 trains based on the Coradia Stream train family have been ordered in Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Spain, ensuring a well-proven product. The train family also offers emission-free traction solutions such as battery or hydrogen for non-electrified lines.
Images of the interior of the Coradia Stream can be found below.