Switzerland Federal Office of Transport (BAV) issued the operating licence for the new Bombardier Twindexx double-deck trains for long-distance transport on intercity and inter-regional lines. The trains are operated by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). The operating licence granted is limited to two years but does not have any impact on the operations of SBB or its passengers.
The awarded licence is an important step for the scheduling of the new trains in SBB’s new timetable that will start on December 9, 2018.
The new double-deck train for long-distance transport offers up to 1,300 seats, space for luggage, easy boarding for all passengers, power sockets in all classes, a modern customer information system and electronic seat reservations.
Depending on the version, trains can be equipped with a restaurant car, a family compartment and all configurations are arranged so every passenger can safely and comfortably use the train without assistance. All trains include fire alarm systems and video surveillance for increased security and safety and, thanks to higher energy efficiency, they are environmentally friendly, even at speeds of 200 km/h.