BAVARIAN Railway Company (BEG) has issued calls for tender for the operation of two networks in the Augsburg area: E-Network electric services and the D-Network Augsburg II diesel services.
BEG says ridership in the area has increased by 70% resulting in a 2 million increase in train-km per year. As a result, BEG wants to introduce a high-frequency train service in the Augsburg area and reopen the Stauden Line between Gesserthausen and Langenneufnach.
The networks will be divided into two lots. The Lot 1 concession, which will be for 12 years, is being tendered jointly by BEG and the Ministry of Transport of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, as some services operate into the state as far as Aalen and Ulm.
Lot 1 comprises two lines:
• Ulm - Augsburg - Munich, and
• Würzburg - Treuchtlingen/Aalen - Donauwörth - Augsburg - Munich.
Lot 2 is located only in Bavaria with a total annual volume of 10.3 million train-km. The concession will be for nine years and comprises four lines:
• Schongau - Weilheim - Geltendorf - Augsburg Oberhausen
• Ingolstadt - Augsburg Oberhausen
• Eichstätt Stadt - Eichstätt (- Ingolstadt), and
• Langenneufnach - Gessertshausen (- Augsburg).
The concessions will be introduced in three stages. Stage 1 will start at the end of 2021 and includes the reopening of the Stauden Line. The Treuchtlingen - Würzburg line will be transferred to the E-network. A two-hourly-interval timetable will be introduced which offers more through services.
Stage 2 will start when the Stuttgart - Ulm high speed line opens and the Stuttgart 21 project has been completed.
Stage 3 will begin when the new S-Bahn cross-city line in Munich has been completed. This will see the introduction of a new 30-minute-interval regional S-Bahn service between Munich, Geltendorf and Buchloe.
Trains must be able to operate at a minimum of 160km/h for Lot 1 services and at 120km/h for Lot 2 services, and they cannot be more than 10-years-old. BEG will facilitate the introduction of new rolling stock by giving financial guarantees and guaranteeing to pass the trains on to the next concession.