Bombardier Transportation announced a new delivery plan with updated dates for the delivery of the outstanding 50 BOMBARDIER TALENT 2 trains for the Stuttgarter Netz/Neckartal network at a meeting at the Ministry of Transport Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Bombardier is to deliver a total of 52 TALENT trains for the Stuttgart regional network Neckartal. Two trains were put into passenger service before the timetable change on June 9 and have been in stable operation since then. According to the updated delivery plan, another six trains will be handed over to Abellio by the start of August, followed by two more trains by the end of August. Five more trains will be delivered successively by the end of September, so that there will be 15 trains available for operation in the first stage of operations.
The updated delivery plan also contains adjusted delivery dates for the TALENT vehicles for Abellio’s second stage of operations, starting on December 15, 2019. Until beginning of December 2019, ten out of a total of 25 trains for the second stage of operations will be delivered. The remaining 26 trains will follow in 2020.
Homologation of the multiple traction (meaning the coupled three- and five-car trains) by the Federal Railway Authority will unfortunately not be granted before the timetable change in mid-2020, so that Abellio will only be able to operate three-car vehicles in the second stage of operations.
The Head of Germany at Bombardier Transportation, Michael Fohrer, said, “We regret having to adjust our initial ambitious delivery schedule and will deliver the new modern Bombardier trains according to the plan we presented.”
The Head of Department at Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Ministry of Transport, Prof. Dr. Uwe Lahl, stated, “Bombardier has already failed to meet several deadlines. In the meantime, Bombardier has now submitted the 13th version of the delivery plan. It is urgently required for operation in the Stuttgarter Netz network that Bombardier finally delivers the vehicles. Mr. Fohrer has personally given his word that his company will meet the newly announced dates.”
Mr. Lahl emphasized that this new delivery plan will not lead to any disadvantages for the state, “The originally contractually agreed delivery dates shall of course continue to apply to claims for damages and penalties.”
Dr. Roman Müller, Chairman of the Management Board at Abellio Rail Baden-Wuerttemberg GmbH, said, “We are more than displeased that Bombardier has repeatedly not adhered to agreements and delivery plans, because our passengers in the Neckartal network are the ones suffering. We have no choice but to continue using substitute vehicles until September, in the second stage of operations on some routes even until June 2020. We strongly hope that Bombardier will implement the new plan and deliver eleven new vehicles by the beginning of September, to ensure operation in autumn.”
The new TALENT 2 trains feature bright, friendly passenger areas and spacious, comfortable seating. They are equipped with Wifi, offer barrier-free access as well as space for 24 and 39 bicycles, respectively. In Germany, a total of more than 400 TALENT 2 trains are in operation.
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