Siemens has secured a record-breaking order from the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region in Germany, in a deal worth more than €1.7 billion. The municipalities involved in the new Rhine-Ruhr Express (RRX) rail transport concept commissioned Siemens to supply 82 Desiro HC electric multiple units and to provide maintenance services for a period of 32 years. With a total volume of more than €1.7 billion, this is the largest regional rail transport order ever won by Siemens in Germany. Praised as the region’s ‘project of the century’, the RRX will help ease the steadily worsening traffic conditions along the Rhine and Ruhr when delivery of the trains begins in 2018. The region is one of the largest metropolitan areas in Europe, with population of roughly ten million and numerous transit routes. In particular, the key route between Cologne and Dortmund has been heavily impaired for years by overburdened public transport networks and rail connections.