The direct award will be independently reviewed as required by European Union regulation and the final contract is expected to be awarded during the next two months.

The contract specifies the operation of 1.5 million train-km annually on three routes: Ulm – Weissenhorn, Ulm – Memmingen, and Mindelheim – Günzburg.

DB Regio will use Class 642 Desiro DMUs for services operating from Ulm while the Mindelheim – Gunzburg line will switch from Class 642 to Stadler Regioshuttle Class 650 DMUs.

BEG is planning a longer-term contract for non-electrified services in the area following the completion of Munich – Geltendorf – Lindau electrification.