HLB South Hessen rail contract

October 15, 2015

FOLLOWING an international tender, Rhine-Main Transport Authority (RMV) announced on October 12 that it has selected Hessen State Railways (HLB) as preferred bidder for a contract to operate the Südhessen-Untermain regional network for 15 years from December 2018.Website Insert Perfect Answer copy

The contract covers the operation of around 2.5 million train-km a year on two routes, which are currently operated by DB Regio:

  • RMV Line 55: Frankfurt (Main) – Offenbach/Frankfurt East – Hanau – Aschaffenburg – Laufach, and
  • RMV Line 77: Aschaffenburg – Darmstadt – Mainz – Wiesbaden.

HLB will operate these services using a new fleet of 160km/h Alstom Coradia Continental EMUs, which will increase peak capacity to around 400 seats per train. The trains will be equipped with passenger Wi-Fi and power sockets and will also offer level boarding and increased space for bicycles.

Keith Barrow writing for International Railway Journal has the full story by clicking here.


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