Stadler and Rhein-Ruhr Transport Authority (VRR) inaugurated a maintenance centre in Herne, in Ruhr, on the former Zeche General Blumenthal coal mine area.
At the new workshop, Stadler will maintain the 41 train fleet for the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn and regional services, under a contract for 32 years.
EUR 35 million was invested in the new 100,000 m² workshop, fitted with 4000m of rail tracks and 2700 meters of overhead catenary system. The facility has train washing equipment, a wheel set lathe and the storage and office space have a total area of 7100 m².
The six tracks will allow maintenance services for 7 vehicles per day, and, in addition to vehicle cleaning and preventive maintenance, Stadler will carry out all measures of supplementary corrective maintenance as well as accident and vandalism repairs and overhauls.
“With the opening of VRR and Stadler’s service center, the revitalisation of the Herne railway station is continuing to gain momentum, and the high investment volume and long-term maintenance contracts are an important step for the new railway cluster at Wanner Bahnhof, creating 40 secure jobs in our city,” Frank Dudda, the Mayor of Herne, said, at the ceremony.
VRR awarded Stadler a contract for the supply of 41 Flirt 3XL EMUs. 17 three-car trains with 180 seats will enter services on S2 and S28 lines, while 24 five-car trains, with 296 seats, will deliver transport services on S3, S9, RB3, RB40 and RB41.
The trains will be operated by Abellio Rail NRW, under a contract awarded by VRR in 2016, for the operation of 7.1 million train-km per year.