May 01, 2018

DB Regio ousts Netinera in eastern Saxony

Written by  Keith Fender
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DB REGIO subsidiary Verkehrsgesellschaft Start Ostsachsen has won a contract to operate regional services on a group non-electrified routes in eastern Saxony from December 2019, taking over from Netinera company Länderbahn.

Eastern Saxony Network 2 comprises semi-fast Regional Express (RE) and stopping Regional Bahn (RB) services on five routes, which currently operate under the Trilex brand. These comprise:

• Dresden - Bautzen - Görlitz RE and RB services

• Görlitz - Bischofswerda RE services

• Dresden - Zittau - Liberec RE services

• Dresden - Ebersbach - Zittau RE services, and

• Liberec (Czech Republic) - Zittau - Seifhennersdorf RB services (from December 2020).

DB will operate the network using 32 refurbished class 642 Desiro Classic DMUs with train crew transferring from Länderbahn, a condition of the tender.

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