Prototype of the Rhine-Ruhr Express presented
Labeled as the project of the century for Germany's most heavily populated metropolitan region, the Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX) will help alleviate the continuously worsening transportation issues in the conurbation along the Rhine and Ruhr rivers beginning in 2018. In March 2015, Siemens was commissioned to deliver 82 Desiro HC electric multiple units and provide maintenance services for a period of 32 years. "The start of tests at the PCW shows that we're right on schedule with the RRX project. We're testing here whether the trains are fit for their daily service in and between the cities in North Rhine-Westphalia. Each train of the entire RRX fleet will be commissioned right here, virtually on the doorstep of the public rail network," said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens' business with high-speed and regional trains and locomotives.
In the picture (starting from the left): Heiko Sedlaczek, Managing Director Verkehrsverband Rhein-Sieg/Nahverkehr Rheinland, Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Business Unit Mainline Transport, Martin Husmann, CEO Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr and Burkhard Bastisch, Managing Director Nahverkehr Westfalen-Lippe.