The 140km/h trains will be assembled at Alstom's plant in Salzgitter, Germany, and the fleet will enter service when the new Saxony-Anhalt Diesel Network concession comes into effect in December 2018.

Each articulated two-car train will accommodate up to 230 passengers in first and second class accommodation. The DMUs will be equipped with passenger Wi-Fi, at-seat power sockets, CCTV, and ticket machines. Each train will be able to carry up to 9 bicycles, with charging sockets for e-bikes.

Abellio was selected last December to operate both lots of the concession, which covers a total of around 8.6 million train-km per year on 12 lines.

The order is the largest to date for Alstom's Coradia Lint 41 DMU. Last month Transdev Germany ordered 28 Lint DMUs for the Augsburg Diesel Network.