[DE] LNVG: NordWestBahn to continue operation on RSBN network until 2036

‘The old operator is also the new operator’ is stated in the press release. Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) has announced that NordWestBahn will continue its services on the Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen network, for another 14 years. 

An European tender was issued for the Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen (RSGB) network, which comprises the following lines:

  • RS 1 Bremen-Farge – Bremen Hbf – Verden/Aller
  • RS 2 Bremerhaven-Lehe – Bremen Hbf – Twistringen (more services)
  • RS 3 Wilhelmshaven – Oldenburg – Bremen Hbf (Wilhelmshaven – Oldenburg electrified = new)
  • RS 4 Nordenham – Bremen Hbf
  • RS3X Bad Zwischenahn – Oldenburg – Bremen Hbf (new, optimised for commuters)
  • RB 76 Rotenburg/Wümme – Verden/Aller (EMUs instead of diesel trains)

The new contract will start in December 2022 and has a volume of around 6.25 million train-km annually. At the end of 2022, the Wilhelmshaven – Oldenburg route will be electrified, diesel trains will be replaced by EMUs.

More trains

NordWestBahn, 100% owned by Transdev, is the responsible operator of the RSGB network since 2010. It uses a fleet of 35 Alstom Coradia Continental EMUs, series ‘ET 440’, that currently have a blue/yellow livery:

  • 17x 5-car ET 440 210-226
  • 18x 3-car ET 440 330-347

For the new contract, another 16 trains will be added to the fleet. With 51 EMUs it will be possible to improve the services as stated above, plus have a larger reserve fleet.

The new contract with NordWestBahn will be signed, once the mandatory 10-day standstill period is completed.

ET 440 – Photo: NordWestBahn