Swiss Federal Railways, SBB, awarded Stadler a CHF 1.3 billion (EUR 1.18 billion) contract for the supply of 60 InterRegio double-deck trains. SBB is exercising an existing option to procure these new trains. The first vehicles will be in use as off timetable 2024.
The new trains will deliver sufficient capacity for the expansion of company’s regional service offer and 41 of the vehicles will help to replace the old fleet and to fulfil the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) on long-distance services. This includes the requirement for barrier-free boarding of trains for persons with reduced mobility by the end of 2023. 19 of the vehicles will also be used to reduce capacity bottlenecks for regional services in the Zurich region and the French-speaking part of Switzerland, to facilitate the expansion of SBB’s service offer and to provide greater comfort.
SBB’s rolling stock fleet already has 93 IR and RE double-deck vehicles and is exercising an existing option to procure these new trains.
The IR double decker is a multiple unit train and offers 466 seats over a train length of 150 metres.
The low-floor design facilitates barrier-free boarding for all passengers. The interior corresponds to the standard in long-distance services and offers 2:1 seating in 1st class.
The trains are equipped with power sockets, they offer easily accessible bicycle spaces, multifunctional compartments with space for pushchairs, plenty of toilet facilities and a modern information system available throughout the train.
In German, Stadler calls the IR double-decker a ‘komfortabler innovativer spurtstarker S-Bahn-Zug’ or Kiss, which translated into English means “comfortable innovative speedy S-Bahn train”. The Kiss train is designed to create more space without any compromise in comfort and safety.
By procuring the InterRegio double-deck trains (IR double-decker), SBB is strengthening its existing fleet with a tried – and – tested vehicle type.