Although the route remains in use for freight trains, passenger services were replaced in 1974 by BE-operated buses. A tender for 80km/h passenger operations on the line was released in March 2016.
The 42m-long trains will be able to accommodate 254 passengers, including 118 seated. During peak hours the trains will be capable of operating in multiple to double the capacity.
The trains will be equipped with CCTV, a real-time passenger information system, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, baby changing facilities, a toilet suitable for wheelchair users, ticket machines and charging facilities for mobile devices.
The trains will be built at Alstom’s plant in Salzgitter, Germany.
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