Lower Saxony’s regional transport operator LNVG awarded Bombardier Transportation a contract for the supply of 14 additional Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches. The order also includes the provision of maintenance services.
These new coaches are scheduled to enter service in the Lower Saxony region of northwest Germany from 2022.
The new coaches will allow LNVG “to keep these highly demanded connections in the Hamburg area attractive and create more space for passengers, especially during rush hours,” LNVG Managing Director Carmen Schwabl said.
A total of 12 intermediate cars and two control cars will be delivered, increasing LNVG’s car fleet to in addition to the 37 Traxx locomotives delivered by Bombardier that are already in service. This is the 6th delivery series of these vehicles that LNVG has been purchasing from Bombardier since 2003. The company has grown its fleet to 246 double-decker cars and has 423 vehicles in total.
On the Lüneburg – Hamburg (RB31) and Bremen – Hamburg (RB41) lines, additional trains can be extended by one car each with up to 131 seats. The trains will then have seven cars with a total of around 850 seats.
The single-car Twindexx Vario coaches’ modularity enables operators to easily integrate additional trains into the existing train configuration and quickly remove them according to changing conditions. In addition to their operational flexibility, the new, modern coaches will be equipped with video surveillance, WLAN and a passenger information system.
“We are proud that our long-standing partner LNVG has once again chosen the proven Twindexx Vario double-deck coaches to expand its fleet and its range of services,” Francois Muller, Head of Private Operators & Services at Bombardier Transportation said.
Since the first delivery, Bombardier has been responsible for complete preventive and corrective maintenance of LNVG’s fleet, achieving an average availability of over 99 per cent.
Since 2019, Bombardier is also carrying out the so-called “General Inspection XL Dosto” on behalf of LNVG, during which a total of 88 double-deck coaches, electric and diesel locomotives are being thoroughly modernised to perform well during the second half of their lifecycle. These vehicles are expected to be renewed and gradually integrated into the fleet by 2024.
The first modernised coaches are already in service in the Hansenetz and offer passengers a quality parallel to new vehicles.