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New trains on the route between Stuttgart and Nuremberg

Signing of the contract: Go-Ahead will operate the Murrbahn from December 2019 

On Friday, February 16, 2018, Baden-Württemberg's Transport Minister Winfried Hermann MdL and Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH, as well as Thomas Prechtl, Managing Director of Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH (BEG) signed the transport contracts for future local rail passenger transport. signed on the Stuttgart - Nuremberg route (network 3a), the so-called Murrbahn.

Minister Hermann was pleased: “With its offer, Go-Ahead was able to win another network in Baden-Württemberg. I hope the competition on the rails will pay off for customers. The modern, air-conditioned and barrier-free trains with WiFi will mean a significant increase in quality from December 2019. "The Ministry of Transport Baden-Württemberg and the Bayerische Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH, representing the Free State of Bavaria, were awarded the contract by Go-Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH in September 2017 granted. Go-Ahead is part of the British Go-Ahead Group plc.

"Once again we were able to successfully use the vehicle financing model we developed, the so-called‘ BW model, "said Transport Minister Winfried Hermann. “From December 2019, new, modern and comfortable electric multiple units will be running on the route from Stuttgart main station to Nuremberg main station. In this process, too, we were able to achieve more favorable conditions through the competition and thus secure the state's target concept for 2025 for local rail passenger transport in the long term, ”said Minister Hermann.

"We are very pleased to be able to use the 3a network in Germany and want to convince additional passengers of local rail transport in Baden-Württemberg with high-quality operation and innovative and customer-oriented solutions," said Stefan Krispin, Managing Director of Go- Ahead Verkehrsgesellschaft Deutschland GmbH. “We will also be a reliable and responsible partner in the rail traffic in network 3a and develop into a preferred employer. In the future, too, we will continue to work in partnership with all other EVUs, ”says Stefan Krispin. "Safety and quality for the passengers, but also for our employees, are our top priority".

“Just a few weeks ago, the rail service in West Central Franconia was significantly improved by extending the S-Bahn from Ansbach to Dombühl and opening the new stop in Leutershausen-Wiedersbach. With the start of Go-Ahead, we are expanding the timetable again: In the evening hours, two additional connections per day between Stuttgart and Nuremberg or Nuremberg and Crailsheim are added, ”says Thomas Prechtl, Managing Director of BEG.

Go-Ahead will start operations in mid-December 2019. The transport contract, which will then be valid until the end of 2032, covers a total of around 1.38 million train kilometers per year and thus forms one of the smaller tendering networks in the state of Baden-Württemberg, which was tendered jointly with the Free State of Bavaria was. As before, the trains run every 2 hours on the following route: Stuttgart Hbf - Backnang - Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental - Crailsheim - Ansbach - Nürnberg Hbf.

Overlaying with other networks results in denser offers in the following sections:

• Section Stuttgart Hbf - Gaildorf West every 30 minutes on working days together with the services from network 3b.

• Gaildorf West - Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental every hour together with the transport services from network 3b.

• Schwäbisch Hall-Hessental - Crailsheim every hour together with the services from the network 11.

• Crailsheim - Ansbach an hourly offer with the IC line 61 supplemented by single trips during rush hour in the morning and in the afternoon.

• In the future, three to four trains per hour will run on the Ansbach - Nuremberg section together with the journeys of IC line 61 and the Nuremberg S-Bahn.

• In the section Crailsheim - Nürnberg Hbf there is an additional train in both directions in the evening.

• The last departure from Stuttgart Hbf to Nürnberg Hbf at 8:53 PM (instead of 6:54 PM previously) and the last departure from Nürnberg Hbf to Crailsheim at 10:36 PM instead of 8:36 PM will be introduced.

With the powerful motor vehicle of the type FLIRT from Stadler, a modern and comfortable vehicle of the latest series of this very reliable local rail vehicle type is used. The maximum speed of the vehicles is 160 km / h.

In addition to spacious multi-purpose areas, air-conditioned interiors, storage areas for bicycles (up to 30 bicycles can be carried per vehicle), all vehicles have barrier-free entry options for wheelchair users and travelers with prams on all platforms with a height of 76 cm. On platforms with a height of 55 cm, level entry via manual ramps is provided in the immediate vicinity of the so-called universal toilet (a toilet that can be used without restriction for all passengers).

All vehicles are equipped with free WiFi access for passengers, sockets and folding tables on the seats with row seating. In selected seating groups, the vehicles have tables with sufficient work space for the passengers. In addition to video recording in the vehicles, all journeys will in future be manned by train attendants in order to meet the passengers' security needs.

Network 3a profile

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additional Information

Press release 04.09.2017: Rail network Stuttgart – Nuremberg finally awarded to Go-Ahead
Press release June 21, 2016: Talks on the Stuttgart-Nuremberg rail corridor concluded

Planning and financing