DB Regio awarded Alstom a EUR 120 million contract for the supply of 19 Coradia Continental electric regional trains which will be built in Salzgitter.
Starting December 2020, the new trains will enter services in the state of Baden-Württemberg, on the routes from Karlsruhe to Heilbronn, Achern, as well as via Freudenstadt to Herrenberg.
The new vehicles will be procured by DB Regio AG on behalf of the Ministry of Transport of the state of Baden-Württemberg as the responsible public transport authority for this network. After delivery of the vehicles, they become the property of the Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) and are leased by DB Regio for the term of the 13-year transport contract.
The new trains have been designed to optimise passenger experience while meeting the region’s operational requirements. In addition to high-performance Wi-Fi, they will include spacious multi-purpose areas in each car and a large capacity for bicycles. The trains are specifically designed to cope with the steep gradients that punctuate the tracks running through the Black Forest.