Saturday, 15 May 2021

Swiss Federal Railways Orders 60 Double-decker Trains from Stadler

 

SBB has ordered 60 more interregional double-decker trains from Stadler for around CHF 1.3 billion. This will create sufficient capacity to expand its regional transport services and meet the requirements of the Disability Equality Act in long-distance transport.




With the procurement of the 60 Interregio double-decker trains (IR-Dosto), SBB is strengthening its existing fleet with an established vehicle type.
 
The Disability Equality Act (BehiG) in long-distance transport requires unobstructed boarding of trains for people with reduced mobility by the end of 2023.

19 of the vehicles will remove capacity bottlenecks in regional transport in the regions of Zurich and western Switzerland and enable the expansion of services and to create more comfort.

The first vehicles will be used from the 2024 timetable.

The SBB already owns 93 IR- resp. RE-Dosto vehicles and SBB is exercising an existing option for the new 60 vehicles.




The IR-Dosto is a multiple unit and offers 466 seats on a train length of 150 metres. The low-floor concept allows unobstructed boarding for all travellers.
The interior corresponds to the long-distance traffic standard and offers 2/1 seating in 1st class, power sockets, easily accessible bicycle spaces, multifunctional compartments with space for prams, sufficient toilets are available throughout the train.
Stadler calls the IR-Dosto a “comfortable, innovative, fast-moving S-Bahn train” (KISS).