S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH signed with Alstom a EUR 500 million contract for the supply of an additional 64 Class 490 S-Bahn trains. The order represents an option under a framework contract signed in 2013. The First three vehicles are scheduled to be delivered in 2025 and 2026.
For the first time in Germany, the new S-Bahn trains will feature the latest generation of digital signalling and automation systems for greater capacity and reliability.
The three-car electric multiple units will be equipped with the ETCS Baseline 3 Release 2 and automated train operation (ATO) technology. Initially, Alstom will manufacture three vehicles that will undergo extensive testing and inspection, in particular for approval of their ETCS and ATO functionalities.
This order marks Germany’s first implementation of ATO in automation level 2 (GoA 2) for new S-Bahn vehicles. In addition, S-Bahn Hamburg GmbH will receive vehicles that already comply with the latest state-of-the-art signalling technology. The trains will be delivered with intelligent onboard technology for ETCS, with integrated ATO software that meets the high demands of future digital rail operations in terms of performance, availability, and automation.
In June 2021, DB Regio awarded Alstom a contract to install the ETCS and ATO technology on 215 trains running on Stuttgart S-Bahn network.
Together, these technologies will ensure denser and more frequent service and enable Hamburg to provide more fluid transport while increasing the overall number of train journeys. In addition, the flexibility of Hamburg’s new S-Bahn trains means that they will couple with the 82 Class 490 S-Bahn trains already in service.
As with the previous trains, passengers will enjoy the proven amenities of these three-car electric multiple units, but with the addition of some new improvements to better meet the needs of Hamburg’s passengers. The new EMUs’ middle cars will feature a multipurpose area with room for bicycles, luggage, and dedicated spaces to accommodate passengers with limited mobility.