Historic train contract signed in Switzerland

Flirt multiple units The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Thurbo, RegionAlps and Stadler signed a framework agreement for up to 510 single-decker Flirt multiple units. Under the Swiss largest train contract, the manufacturer will initially deliver 286 vehicles, representing the first call-off order, worth CHF 2 billion (EUR 1.95 billion). The new trains will gradually replace old rolling stock

In October 2021, the three rail operators awarded Stadler the contract, which was appealed by Alstom, but in May, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court has rejected the objection. Consequently, Stadler has come out on top in another hard-fought international tender with its Flirt vehicle concept and has emerged as the winner of the largest tender in Swiss rail history.

The first trains are expected to be in service from December 2025 and the delivery of the last vehicle from the initial call-off order is scheduled for 2034. The framework agreement includes an option for up to 224 additional Flirt vehicles.

Stadler will produce 155 four-car Flirt multiple units for SBB, while RegionAlps will receive 24 four-car Flirt trains which will be 73.5 metres long. They will have a capacity for up to 370 passengers, with seats for 146 of them.

Thurbo will receive 19 73.5 metres long four-car and 88 three-car Flirt trains which are 57.8 metres long and can accommodate a total of 256 passengers, with seating space for 134 of them.

The vehicles offer step-free boarding and step-free accessibility throughout, from the front to the rear door. The new Flirt multiple units are to be approved for Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

The most recent Flirt trains provide numerous improvements for passengers. Compared to the vehicles in use today, they have more storage space for bicycles, pushchairs and large items of luggage. There is now even room for winter sports equipment such as skis in the multifunctional zones. The trains also ensure good mobile phone and data reception on the move and have power outlets in all compartments. They consider the requirements for passengers with reduced mobility, with two places per train for wheelchair users and a wheelchair-accessible toilet. Wheelchair spaces are also available in 1st class. In addition, the new multiple units make an important contribution to improving punctuality thanks to increased motorisation.


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