posted on 1st Dec 2020 18:59
On 1 December 2020 it was announced that Go-Ahead Bayern of Augsburg and TMH International (TMHI) of Zug have reached an agreement on cooperation over the maintenance of the latter’s operator fleet.
Go-Ahead Bayern was awarded a contract by BEG to operate regional train transport from December 2021 to December 2034 in southern Bavaria. In total 78 EMUs (22 FLIRTs and 56 Mireos and Desiro HCs) have been purchased for this. TMH International will take over the maintenance of these trains and will build a maintenance facility in Langweid near Augsburg.
„We are extremely pleased to partner with Go Ahead on this project. TMH International is a newcomer to the German market: we are a team of well-known railway experts, and have a long experience in services, both in life-cycle contracts and in fleet maintenance and repair. As an industrial investor, we are committed to contribute to the economic growth of the Augsburg region, providing a substantial initial investment in the depot and highly skilled and stable jobs,“ said Terence Watson, Senior Vice President Europe at TMH International. „As the building contractor and future operator of the depot, TMHI will establish a team for the maintenance of the trains. We envisage to have around 40 managers and technicians.“
The plan is for three to four EMUs to visit the depot every day for maintenance. For the construction of the depot in Langweid, Go-Ahead has just received the necessary planning approval. The required land has now been transferred from Go-Ahead to TMHI. It is planned that the maintenance can take place in Langweid from summer 2022. TMHI will temporarily rent and set up a depot in Bahnpark Augsburg for the maintenance work required before this time.
The maintenance will be conducted in full compliance with the latest European regulations for ECMs (Entity in Charge of Maintenance). Within the scope of the contract, TMHI will provide the light maintenance of the trains, including wheelset reprofiling. It will also perform heavy and corrective maintenance works, including regular overhauls of the main equipment. To ensure maximum availability of the vehicles, two mobile teams will perform the remaining repairs overnight and the 24/7 technical hotline will support Go Ahead staff in operation. In addition to the main responsibility for maintenance, TMHI will also be in charge of the procurement of spare parts, depot management and vehicle maintenance file records.