DB Regio has ordered 18 three-part Mireo trainsets from Siemens for service in the Lausitz regional network in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony. DB Regio was awarded the contract for the Lausitz network by the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) on behalf of the State of Brandenburg and the Zweckverband für den Nahverkehrsraum Leipzig (ZVNL).
The 18 new three-part Mireo trainsets from Siemens Mobility have 180 seats, enhanced passenger comfort and full barrier-free access. The order includes a high level of features, including WLAN, charging stations for e-bikes, energy-saving lighting, power sockets with integrated USB charging ports, inductive charging at the tables with vis-à-vis seating, and premium-quality first class sections.
State Secretary Rainer Genilke of the Brandenburg Ministry for Infrastructure and Planning commented: “This is good news for the Lausitz region. With the new Mireos, we’re getting more modern and higher-quality trains, which is exactly what we had envisioned for the Lausitz network in the tendering process in 2019. Moreover, we’ll be adding more train-kilometers on the network and reorganizing the service in the region from southern Brandenburg to Saxony. By undertaking these developments in our transport sector, we’ll be supporting structural change in the Lausitz region.”
Dr.-Ing. Joachim Trettin, CEO of DB Regio AG, Regio Nordost, said: “The contract for the Lausitz network with these new trains marks a great success. It’s especially important for us that we were able to secure employment for our colleagues in southeast Brandenburg for a further 13 years. The modern trains will offer our passengers a substantially improved level of comfort and convenience: Features like WLAN, USB charging ports and even charging stations for e-bikes will clearly increase the attractiveness of public transport in Brandenburg and Saxony.”
Susanne Henckel, Managing Director of the Verkehrsverbundes Berlin-Brandenburg: “We’re really excited about the latest generation of trains planned for the Lausitz region. We’ll be further improving the already high-quality standards in regional transport, and our passengers can look forward to modern, attractive and reliable trains.”
“We are delighted that we have been commissioned to build the new trains for the Lausitz network. With this order, the number of Mireos will increase to almost 180 train sets! The Mireo is our intelligent and proven regional and commuter platform, which combines economy with sustainability over the entire life cycle of the train and enables increased passenger comfort through many extras such as inductive charging options, WLAN and comfortable seats,” said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.
The new Mireo trains will cover 4.3 million train-kilometers a year and operate on the following routes:
- RB11 Frankfurt (Oder) – Cottbus – Finsterwalde – Falkenberg (Elster)
- RB49 Cottbus – Ruhland – Elsterwerda-Biehla – Falkenberg (Elster)
- RE10 Frankfurt (Oder) – Cottbus – Falkenberg (Elster) – Eilenburg – Leipzig Hbf
- RE10V Cottbus – Leipzig Hbf
- RE13 Cottbus – Senftenberg – Elsterwerda
Siemens Mobility is building the 18 Mireos at its plant in Krefeld, Germany, and is planning to deliver the trains beginning in autumn 2022. Commissioning of the trains will take place between October 2021 and November 2022, and passenger service is scheduled to begin in late 2022.