Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen orders Coradia EMUs

German operator Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachsen has awarded Alstom a €150 million contract to supply and maintain 29 new Coradia Continental electric trains.

The trains, which will operate services in Germany’s Central Saxony region, are scheduled to enter service in June 2016.

The contract includes an option for up to 23 additional trains.

As well as building the new trains, Alstom will carry out servicing and supply spare parts for the next 16 years.

The three-car and five-car trainset versions will be able to carry up to 320 and 520 passengers respectively.

Andreas Knitter, senior vice-president Europe of Alstom Transport, said: “We are pleased that VMS has chosen our modern solutions which include the rolling stock and the servicing.

“These contracts constitute a new economic model for the customer as it guarantees the quality and reliability of service.”

The new fleet will be manufactured in Salzgitter and maintained at a depot near Chemnitz.