The two German transport authorities are Oberlausitz-Niederschlesien (ZVON), and Oberelbe (ZVOE) while the Czech authorities are Ústekcký Kraj, covering the area of the northern Bohemian city of Ústí nad Labem, and Liberecky Kraj covering the area around Liberec.
The lines to be tendered for the East Saxony Network II comprise:
• RE 1 Dresden - Bautzen - Görlitz
• RE 2 Dresden - Zittau - Liberec
• RB 60 Dresden - Bautzen - Görltiz
• RE 1V Görlitz - Bischofswerda
• RB 61 Dresden - Ebersbach – Zittau, and
• Line 7 Liberec - Zittau - Varnsdorf – Seifhennersdorf.
The winner will take over the operation of RE and RB services from December 2019 and run them until December 2031, while Line 7 will start a year later, but also finish in December 2031.
For the first year, 3.3 million train-km will be operated, but this will rise to 3.9 million per annum when the winner starts to operate Line 7.
The transport authorities plan to assess the bids based solely on their financial attractiveness. Tender options include equipping the trains with a dynamic passenger information system, which will have to be installed by the concessionaire, and providing onboard Wi-Fi.