Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation has received an order from German regional rail authority Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen mbH (LNVG) to provide rail vehicle service and fleet maintenance. Bombardier also assumes, for a period ending 2035, the registered keeper role of a total of 220 Bombardier TWINDEXX Vario double-deck cars, 29 Bombardier TRAXX electric locomotives and eight TRAXX diesel locomotives from LNVG's vehicle pool.
LNVG has outsourced their fleet maintenance to Bombardier since delivery of the first trains in 2003. The now-signed service and maintenance contract covers the complete lifecycle of LNVG's vehicles with an economic lifetime of around 30 years. The takeover of the registered keeper role for the vehicles and the consequent Entity in Charge of Maintenance (ECM) responsibility is a first for Bombardier. In future public rail transport award procedures LNVG can now deploy the vehicles to the selected railway companies in full legal compliance.