Roll out of 4th generation DMU-GTW for Arriva
Bussnang, Switzerland – Arriva and Stadler Bussnang AG 2006-06-08 celebrate the roll out of the first of 43 diesel electrical articulated GTW trains for use at Arriva Nederland.
The new trains will be used to deliver Arriva’s rail services operating in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Friesland and across to Leer (Province of Lower Saxony) in Germany. They represent a significant investment by Arriva and demonstrate the company’s commitment to improving the quality of rail services for its customers.
The roll out marks a key milestone for the fourth generation GTW. The new GTW is the first of its kind in Europe to fulfill the latest passenger safety standards required in the Netherlands. The first GTW will go into service on 20 October 2006. The remainder of the new fleet will be introduced by September 2007. Arriva Nederland, which is part of the Arriva Group, placed the order with Stadler to build 43 two- and three-unit articulated trains on 13 May 2005. Arriva is one of Europe’s leading transport operators. The Group provides transport services, including buses, trains, commuter coaches and water buses, in eight European countries (Denmark, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK). It employs more than 33,000 people and provides more than one billion passenger journeys every year. The new GTW will operate on the main Leeuwarden-Groningen lines and to Harlingen, Stavoren, Roodeschool, Delfzijl and Leer.
Twenty seven of the trains are three-unit GTW 2/8 with seating capacity of 170. Sixteen of the trains are two-unit GTW 2/6 with seating capacity of 111. Eight of the trains will be equipped with the “Germany package” for cross-border transport. A total of 19 operators are currently using Stadler’s articulated GTW trains following its introduction in 1995.
The GTW model offers excellent design features. They include large low-floor areas in the passenger compartments and well positioned drive equipment, track gauge and seating. The trains are also maintenance-friendly with easy access to the main systems from several points. Passenger comfort has been given special attention. It includes: step-less entrances from train platforms with a height of 800 mm above the upper edge of the rails, and an additional sliding step for platforms with a height of 380mm for trains equipped with the “Germany package”, multi-functional areas for accommodating bicycles and prams, generous and accessible storage places for baggage, well designed seating with a disabled-accessible design, disabled-friendly toilets with the latest systems for waste separation, a solid train structure design which guarantees low noise levels inside and outside, and a high standard of safety.
The latest development of the articulated GTW train family, within the framework of the first Dutch vehicle project for Stadler, was to adapt the vehicle design of trains to the new collision safety requirements in the Netherlands. It has only taken 13 months, from the order date to the Roll Out, for the Arriva GTW to be prepared to fully comply with the crash standard prEN 15227. This is a significant achievement to be celebrated. This standard has not yet been released by the European standard committee but became valid in the Netherlands from January 2005 on. The standard requires that the structures of the driver’s compartment and passenger compartment do not collapse, that there is no “climbing” between the vehicles, and that the maximum deceleration doesn’t exceed 5 g if there is a collision between the train and a lorry at a collision speed of 85 km/h. In addition to the car shell, all elements of the crash structure, the front posts, the collision wall, the crash boxes, the lateral energy absorbers with “anticlimbers” and the obstacle deflector, are made of aluminium.
The Stadler Rail Group, the system supplier of customer-specific solutions for rail vehicle con-struction, incorporates Stadler Altenrhein AG, Stadler Bussnang AG, and Stadler Winterthur AG in Switzerland, as well as two German locations, Stadler Pankow GmbH in Berlin and Stadler Weiden GmbH in Bavaria. The Group employs a workforce of 1,800. he best known vehicle series from the Stadler Rail Group are the globally successful GTW articulated railcar (398 trains sold), the Regio Shuttle RSI (354 trains sold) and the Fast Light Innovative Regional Train FLIRT (249 trains sold). Stadler Pankow GmbH, Berlin, has successfully established itself in the streetcar and tram market with the Variobahn (159 vehicles sold) and the newly developed Tango (66 vehicles sold) product series. Furthermore, Stadler manufactures passenger carriages and diesel-electric locomotives and is also the world’s leading manufacturer of rack rail vehicles.