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Deutsche Bahn closes deal on British train network

AFP · 4 Feb 2010, 13:31

Published: 04 Feb 2010 13:31 GMT+01:00

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The firm will operate the Tyne and Wear Metro in and around Newcastle and Sunderland from April, Deutsche Bahn said in a statement.

The contract, signed on Tuesday, concerns some 74 kilometres (46 miles) of track, 90 trains and 60 stations, used by around 40 million passengers per year, said Deutsche Bahn.

Deutsche Bahn will operate the network for a period of seven years, with the possibility of a two-year extension.

No financial details were given.

The firm, which has operations in 150 countries, already has a presence in Britain after buying a stake in Chiltern Railways in 2008.

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Last year Deutsche Bahn, which also operates bus services in other European countries, won a contract to run a local train network in the Swedish region of Östergötland from December 2010.

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23:56 February 4, 2010 by garryq
At last. At the moment the Metro actually misses out one station in order to keep to time. German efficiency may be a cliché, but on this occasion it is not to get the trains to run on time, but to have a timetable to enable all trains to stop at all stations.

It would also be interesting to compare cost and honesty of English & German passengers.
00:16 February 9, 2010 by Geoff DeVere
I was extremely impressed with the German train system when I was in Germany.

The food was excellent, the staff very friendly, and the range of seating options superb. It is a much better system then Amtrak.

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