Alstom to supply 32 EMUs for Hesse subnetwork

Coradia Continental EMUsHessische Landesbahn GmbH (HLB) awarded Alstom a EUR 200 million contract for the supply of 32 Coradia Continental EMUs of which 12 four-car and 20 five-car trains.

The trains reach an operating speed of up to 160 km/h. The four-car variant offers 200 seats, and the five-car train has a capacity of 280 seats. Various multi-purpose areas keep sufficient space available for wheelchairs, bicycles, and baby carriages. “The Coradia Continental is the perfect solution for regional transport in Central Hesse. Reliable, fast, and quiet, it offers maximum passenger comfort and generous space for bicycles and luggage,” Müslüm Yakisan, President of Alstom in Germany, Austria and Switzerland said.

The trains’ drive equipment is located on the roof, so the interior is generously proportioned, including a wide, step-free aisle for better passenger flow. In particular, an adapted boarding height, combined with additional sliding steps, also ensures very comfortable vehicle access. The Coradia Continental EMUs are equipped with Wi-Fi, electrical outlets for charging devices, as well as video surveillance and a real-time passenger information system that displays rail connection info.

The trains will be deployed on the Central Hesse subnetwork operated by HLB starting in December 2023.

“We have had a great experience with this vehicle in southern Hesse in terms of maintenance, reliability and passenger comfort. Therefore, we are pleased to begin using the Coradia Continental trains in our new Central Hesse network starting in December 2023,” Veit Salzmann, Managing Director of Hessische Landesbahn said.

They will operate the Hesse subnetwork on the following lines:

  • Line RB37: Kirchain to Frankfurt Central Station via Marburg and Giessen
  • Line RB40: Dillenburg to Frankfurt Central Station via Gießen
  • Line RB41: Schwalmstadt to Frankfurt Central Station via Treysa and Giessen
  • Line RB49: Giessen to Hanau Central Station via Freidburg

In 2020, HLB ordered from Alstom 30 Coradia Lint regional trains which will enter services from 2022.

Since 2018, 35 identical trains are running on HLB’s Southern Hesse-Untermain subnetwork.

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