The network has a volume of around 4.3 million train-km per year and the regional transport authority will make rolling stock available to the winner of the tender. The winning bidder will also be expected to provide an additional stop at Glückstadt, on-board catering, and a connecting bus service to Brunsbüttel.

The contract is due to commence on December 11 2016 and the deadline for submission of bids is March 2 2015.