NAH.SH, the public transport authority in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, has selected Alstom to supply 40 four-car 160km/h Coradia Stream EMUs under a contract worth nearly €900m.

The contract includes a full service and maintenance agreement for 30 years as well as an option to purchase up to 55 additional trains.

The 106m-long trains will consist of two double-deck end cars and two single-deck intermediate vehicles. The EMUs will be delivered in two layouts, providing 360 seats for the 21 trains that will operate on NAH.SH’s Central network and 390 seats for the 19 sets that will operate Southwest network services, increasing capacity compared with the existing fleets used on these routes.

The EMUs will initially operate on the Hamburg - Kiel/Flensburg and Hamburg - Itzehoe/Wrist routes from December 2027, according to NAH.SH, which says that the trains will also replace diesel trains on the Itzehoe - Heide route once electrification is complete.

NAH.SH and Hamburg’s public transport authority are currently tendering operation of the Central and Southwest networks under a new 12-year contract. The winning bidder is expected to finance procurement of the new fleet. The Centre contract will involve operating 5 million train-km a year while 3 million train-km will be operated annually on the Southwest network.

NAH.SH adds that if an agreement is reached with Denmark, two further trains will be ordered to operate cross-border services from Hamburg to Tinglev, extending the Hamburg - Flensburg service and ending the need to change trains at Flensburg.

The new NAH.SH fleet be equipped with air-conditioning using antibacterial and antiviral filters, power sockets, onboard Wi-Fi, and improved mobile phone reception. Each train is equipped with three toilets while there is space for two wheelchairs and up to 24 bicycles as well as well 40 seats suitable for passengers with reduced mobility. The single-deck cars have no ramps or steps and are fully accessible.

Engineering of the trains will take place at several Alstom sites in France led by Valenciennes as the train development site. Final assembly will take place in Salzgitter, Germany.

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