Transdev Hannover GmbH was founded in 2019 and is a regional subsidiary company of the Transdev Group. As the largest private mobility provider in Germany, Transdev brings around 270 million passengers to their destination each year.
On 12. December 2021 Transdev Hannover took over the S-Bahn lines S3, S6 and S7 from DB Regio at the major timetables change. Six months later, on 12. June 2022, it took over the entire S-Bahn network around Hannover, the captital of Lower Saxony.
The route network
The route network covers a total of around 9.3 million train kilometres per year.
The train lines in detail:
- S 1: Minden - Haste - Hannover
- S 2: Haste - Hannover - Nienburg
- S 3: Hannover - Lehrte - Hildesheim
- S 4: Bennemühlen - Hannover - Hildesheim
- S 5: Hannover Flughafen - Hannover - Paderborn
- S 6: Hannover - Celle
- S 7: Hannover - Lehrte - Celle
- S 8: Hannover Flughafen - Hannover - Hannover Messe / Laatzen
- S 21: Hannover - Weetzen - Barsinghausen
- S 51: Seelze - Hannover - Hameln
The railway vehicles
The vehicle fleet consists of 64 new vehicles and 13 existing vehicles of the previous operator.
The new Stadler FLIRT vehicles are each equipped with 180 seats and 217 standing room and reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. The acquisition of the new vehicles means a significant improvement in travel comfort for passengers, e.g. through WLAN and power sockets in all trains.
The existing vehicles will also be successively converted and will then also have the comfort of the new vehicles.
The contracting authorities
The field of activity of the public authorities includes the planning, organisation and financing of rail passenger transport. They coordinate the timetable offer and grant financial support for investments in the local passenger transport system, for example for the renovation of stations. In addition, the NRW public transport authorities play a key role in the further development of the tariff landscape - from community tariffs to the implementation of an NRW tariff.
The close cooperation between Transdev Hannover GmbH and its clients plays an important role. The contract for the Hanover S-Bahn network from 2022 was awarded by the contracting authorities following a Europe-wide invitation to tender in 2018:
Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG)