SBB orders 60 InterRegio double-deck trains from Stadler
Of the 60 new InterRegio double-deck trains, 41 will help to replace SBB’s old fleet and the remaining 19 will be used to reduce capacity bottlenecks on particular regional services.
Credit: SBB CFF FFS - An SBB IR double-decker.
SBB has announced that it is ordering a further 60 InterRegio double-deck trains from Stadler for approximately CHF 1.3 billion (approximately €1.1 billion). In doing so, SBB is creating sufficient capacity for the expansion of its regional services and fulfilling the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act on its long-distance services. SBB is exercising an existing option to procure the 60 new trains.
By procuring 60 InterRegio double-deck trains, SBB is strengthening its existing fleet with a tried-and-tested vehicle type. Forty-one of the rolling stock 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. Nineteen 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 in order to facilitate the expansion of SBB’s service offer and to provide greater comfort.
The first vehicles will be in use by 2024. SBB already has 93 InterRegio and Regio double-deck vehicles in its possession and is exercising an existing option to procure the 60 new vehicles.
The InterRegio double-deck train is a multiple unit train that offers 466 seats over a train length of 150m. The low-floor design facilitates barrier-free boarding for all passengers. The interior corresponds to the comfort standard of long-distance services and offers 2:1 seating in 1st class. There are power sockets, easily accessible bicycle spaces, multifunctional compartments with space for pushchairs, several toilet facilities and a modern information system available throughout the train.