Transdev Germany wins tender to extend Bremen’s regional train network (Regio S-Bahn), valued at €1.5 billion


Transdev Group, Germany’s largest private operator of rail and bus services, will continue from December 2021 the operation of the 270 km-long regional rail network in Bremen and Lower Saxony, (Germany) for a duration of 15 years, through its NordWestBahn subsidiary. The overall contract value represents € 1.5 billion.

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    The public transit authorities Bremen Senator for Environment and Landesnahverkehrs-gesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG; Lower Saxony State Transit Authority) have jointly awarded the contract, as the result of their Europe-wide request for proposals. In addition to the competitive economic offer, the difference has been made in terms of the quality of operational performance in recent years, the efficiency of the customer service center at Bremen Central Station and the implementation of innovative local marketing.

    Transdev has already been operating the regional train network around Bremen since December 2010, which will be extended to serve new destinations and to increase frequencies, particularly during peak hours. With an offer increased by 35%, this extension confirms the growing attractiveness of regional trains as a means of daily transport in Germany.

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    The current fleet of 35 trains will be completely redesigned with a modernized interior, Wi-Fi on board all trains, a new passenger information system and an energy-saving system. In addition, Transdev Germany will purchase 16 new Stadler FLIRT trains to increase the fleet to 51 trains when they will be rolled-out in December 2021.

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    I am thrilled with the trust placed in Transdev, and that our business case and customer-oriented proposal for the Bremen regional trains has been judged as compelling. We are strengthening our position as the second largest rail operator in Germany. By offering a reliable and high level offer, we have built on our experience in Germany, where we have been operating regional trains for more than twenty years.

    Thiery Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Transdev Group

    The contract, which will gradually increase to cover some 6.5 million rail kilometers a year – and carries over 20 million passengers yearly – includes 4 regional rail lines of S-Bahn type in and around Bremen and the region of Lower Saxony and two new lines, one connecting with Rotenburg to the south and the other linking with Wilhelmshaven, to the north. Operations are scheduled to start when train schedules change in December 2021, while the contract duration is set for 15 years until December 2036.

    This new contract follows the €1.5 billion contract won by Transdev in November 2018 for the 10 regional 
    S-Bahn lines in Hanover.

    About Transdev:

    As an operator and global integrator of mobility, Transdev – The mobility company – gives people the freedom to move whenever and however they choose. We are proud to provide 11 million passenger trips everyday thanks to efficient, easy to use and environmentally-friendly transportation services that connect people and communities. Our approach is rooted in long-term partnerships with businesses and public authorities, and in the relentless pursuit of the safest and most innovative mobility solutions. We are a team of people serving people, and mobility is what we do. Transdev is jointly held by Caisse des Dépôts Group (66%) and the RETHMANN Group (34%). In 2018, with 82,000 employees in 20 countries, the Group generated total revenues of 6.9 billion euros.

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