Each four-car class 1440 set will seat 230 passengers and the trains will be equipped with CCTV and toilets. The 160km/h trains will be assembled at Alstom’s Salzgitter plant and maintained at DB Regio Bayern’s Nuremberg Gostenhof depot. Delivery will take place in 2020.

In January Bavarian Railway Company (BEG) awarded DB Regio both lots of a contract to operate the Nuremberg S-Bahn network for 12 years from December 2018. DB Regio Bayern will operate 7.3 million train-km per year on the four existing S-Bahn lines and the new Line S5 to Allersberg.
Bombardier Talent 2 EMUs will be used on lines S1 and S2, while the new Alstom trains will operate on lines S3-S5.

BEG awarded National Express a contract to operate the Nuremberg S-Bahn in February 2015, but the British company subsequently withdrew from the concession in October 2016 claiming a protracted legal battle with DB had damaged the economic viability of the deal. National Express had intended to procure Škoda trains for the network.

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