"We have reached a further milestone. The RRX will revolutionize the state's rail-based passenger transport, sustainably improve travel conditions for hundreds of thousands of commuters, and set new standards for comfort, throughput and travel times," pointed out Michael Groschek, Minister for Transport in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia, at the cornerstone-laying ceremony.
Martin Husmann, CEO of Verkehrsverbunds Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) added: "I'm especially excited for the passengers. Today's cornerstone-laying ceremony marks an important investment in the future for the 2.4 million people who use our mass-transit rail system daily. We expect the new Dortmund depot will soon make a decisive contribution toward guaranteeing the best possible availability of the new trains."
"In Dortmund-Eving, we'll be taking the service and maintenance of trains into the digital age. We use algorithms to analyze data delivered from the trains so we can fix malfunctions before they actually occur. This way, we can guarantee our customer VRR and all passengers nearly 99-percent availability of our trains. We're excited to be building this new depot in Dortmund," said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division.
The site of the new depot in Dortmund-Eving covers around 70,000 square meters, roughly corresponding in area to ten soccer fields. VRR owns the property up to the year 2050 through a leasehold agreement with Siemens. The depot complex will include a six-track maintenance building, a warehouse, administration and social building, an outdoor cleaning facility for the trains, an underfloor lathe for overhauling wheelsets, and a diagnostics system for wheelsets. The main building will be around 163 meters long, 63 meters wide and 12.4 meters high. The facility will use around 15 percent less energy than the recommended standard set by the new European Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV). Around 5.5 kilometers of track will be laid on the property, including the maintenance building. The depot will be located on the site of the former Dortmund-Eving marshaling yard and connected at its north and south end with the main line to the Dortmund railway station, along the Lünen/Münster route.