The first double deck train – out of the twenty five ordered by the railway operator Aeroexpress from Swiss rolling stock manufacturer Stadler Rail Group – arrived at the capital of Russia and was officially presented to Moscow city officials and the media.
“Every year Aeroexpress passenger traffic flow grows on 20% on the average. Many runs are even now overcrowded. Therefore it is time to increase the capacity of trains and frequency of runs from Moscow to the airports and back. First of these tasks is now already solved by purchasing of new double-decked trains which will be able to carry approximately 35-50% passengers more in comparison with one deck EMUs. Second task will require some years more as it is necessary to build additional railway tracks. New double-deckers will solve the problem with transportations growing needs of passengers at least till 2018. Thus they guarantee passengers a very high level of comfort“, said Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.
Stadler Rail and Aeroexpress signed the contract for supply 25 double-decker trains on May last year, valued at EUR 685 m. Aeroexpress purchases trains at its own expense, therewith investing into the development of railway passenger transport. The next stage will include dynamic testing and different strict authority examinations, including tests for winter operation on the test ring in Scherbinka, which are to result in obtaining the homologation. According to the contract, commercial operation of the first train is to commence in June 2015, while the last – 25th train of the delivery – is expected to enter service in June 2016.