Passenger operator Go-Ahead is ready to start operations in Bavaria without Stadler-built trains.
The companies failed to agree on the participation of TMH International in the maintenance of these trains
ZDM- Private passenger operator Go-Ahead Bayern reported on May 6, 2021 that negotiations with Stadler management had ended in failure, but that it intends to continue to seek a compromise to ensure that 22 Swiss-made FLIRT 3 trains are ready for commissioning in December 2021.
Otherwise Go-Ahead case Bayern intends to start transportations in the Allgäu region without using this rolling stock.FLIRT 3 trains must operate on the Munich – Memmingen – Lindau route. Go-Ahead Bayern has been licensed to operate regional passenger transport on electrified lines in the Allgäu region from December 2021 to the end of 2033.
The reason for the disagreement with Stadler was an agreement between Go-Ahead Bayern and TMH International (Transmashholding’s international division) on the maintenance of the operator’s electric train fleet for 12 years.
According to the German press, Stadler fears that the company’s latest developments will end up in the hands of a competitor.
Go-Ahead Bayern, however, notes that it is common practice to sign train service agreements with third-party companies, and does not understand why, contrary to the signed contract, Stadler refuses to hand over built trains and documentation required for maintenance.
It should be noted that TMH International will serve trains in Bavaria not only by Stadler, but also by Siemens. The latter currently has no objection to choosing this service company (photo: Stadler Pankow).
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