Alstom has received an order from Hesse transport operator Hessische Landesbahn (HLB) for five Coradia Continental EMUs.
The order is worth more than €27 million and will see the trains built at Alstom’s site in Salzgitter, Germany, and delivered in December, 2019.
Joerg Nikutta, Alstom Germany & Austria managing director, said that the order is a top up from an original €160 million order for 30 Coradia Continental trains made in 2015 for the Südhessen-Untermain network.
He added: “The order bears witness to a solid, long-lasting relationship with our customer.”
The new trains, which will operate in the Frankfurt Rhine Main metro area, will help HLB meet the demand from an increasing number of passengers.
The four-carriage Coradia Continental can operate at commercial speeds of up to 160km/h and carry ip to 460 passengers.
Alstom said that it has been designed with passenger comfort in mind. The train’s traction equipment is located on the roof, allowing for a spacious interior design, including a large corridor for easier movement within the train.
It is equipped with wi-fi, power outlets for laptops and a real-time passenger information system that displays connection information.
It also features five multi-purpose areas provide space for wheelchairs, bicycles and strollers.