The German subsidiary of Go-Ahead commissioned Siemens Mobility to deliver 56 regional multiple-unit trainsets of which 44 three-car Mireo electric trainsets and 12 five-car Desiro HC electric double-decker trains. Under the EUR 400 million contract, the new trains will enter services in December 2022 on the electrified routes of the “Augsburg rail networks” in southwestern Bavaria.
The trains are designated for service on the routes Ulm – Augsburg – Munich, Würzburg – Ansbach – Treuchtlingen – Donauwörth – Augsburg as well as Aalen – Nördlingen – Donauwörth. All of the trains are designed to meet projected increasing traffic demand in the region. In particular, the double-decker trains planned for routes to and from Munich will provide a substantial increase in seating capacity.
The Mireo offers 216 and the Desiro HC 538 seats; 18 bicycles can be transported in a Mireo and 45 in a Desiro HC. A multipurpose area is located at each car doorway.
Both types of trains can be combined, enabling the operator to flexibly adapt to changing passenger demand: up to four three-car Mireos can be combined as a train or a maximum of two Mireos combined with a Desiro HC. If even more capacity is needed, two Desiro HC trainsets can be coupled. All trains are barrier-free for passengers with limited mobility. The trains also have a lift on board in order to provide wheelchair users easy access at stations with low platforms.
The trains are equiped with a real-time passenger information system that shows arrival and departure times as well as connections at the respective stations. The trains are equipped with high-frequency window glass specially developed by Siemens Mobility to substantially improve mobile reception. In addition, the trains will be prepared for a possible later installation of WLAN technology.