\r\nThe announcement came after the Bavarian Railway Authority (BEG) selected DB Regio Oberbayern as the winner of the tender to operate the Ringzug West\/NBS concession for 12 years from December 2016. The concession covers three routes:\r\n\r\nTreuchtlingen \u2013 Ingolstadt \u2013 Munich\r\nNuremberg \u2013 Ingolstadt \u2013 Munich (via the high-speed line), and\r\nNuremberg \u2013 Treuchtlingen \u2013 Augsburg.\r\n\r\nAll services will be operated by new trains. DB Regio will use Bombardier Twindexx Vario emus, similar to those ordered recently for the Main-Spessart regional express concession, on Treuchtlingen \u2013 Munich and Nuremberg \u2013 Augsburg services, while the Nuremberg \u2013 Munich Express services will be operated by \u0160koda locomotives and double-deck push-pull sets.\r\nIn addition to the locomotives, \u0160koda will supply 36 200km\/h double-deck coaches, which will be formed into six six-car trains. Each air-conditioned set will seat 679 passengers in standard class and 26 in first class. There will be 82 folding seats and 2 spaces for passengers with wheelchairs, together with a multifunctional area with capacity for up to 37 bikes.\r\nIn line with the requirements of BEG, the coaches will have an entrance height of 760mm. The vehicles will be assembled by \u0160koda Vagonka at its Ostrava plant in the Czech Republic, while the locomotives will be built in Plzen.\r\nFor \u0160koda the order represents a major breakthrough in the western European market. The 109E was granted an EC Declaration of Conformity in April by EisenbahnCert, Germany, and the locomotive will be certified for operation in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Germany with the Authorisation to Place into Service based on the TSI High Speed Rolling Stock. The 109E is already in operation with Czech Railways (\u010cD), albeit with certification based on a declaration of no-objection.\r\nThe selection of the \u0160koda electric locomotive and last year's framework order for Link dmus from Poland demonstrate a significant shift in DB rolling stock procurement policy, which appears increasingly open to suppliers from central and eastern Europe.