Bombardier Transportation has secured a contract worth around $125m from Deutsche Bahn (DB) to modernise its current S-Bahn Stuttgart fleet, which consists of 423 and 430 series trains.
The modernisation will considerably increase passenger comfort.
The contract includes the provision of engineering services to remodel and modernise the S-Bahn Stuttgart 423 and 430 series fleets.
This contract also includes the supply of three converted prototype vehicles per series and material delivery for the renovation of the remaining vehicles, which will be carried out in-house by S-Bahn Stuttgart.
The development will be done at Bombardier’s Mannheim and Hennigsdorf sites, whereas the essential reconstruction of the prototypes will take place in Hennigsdorf.
S-Bahn Stuttgart CEO Dirk Rothenstein said: “With the interior elements of our redesign, we are meeting the latest requirements for urban mobility. For passengers in the Stuttgart region, this means better passenger service and more space for wheelchairs, strollers, as well as bicycles through additional multi-purpose areas.”
Bombardier Transportation head of services François Muller said: “We are proud that our long-standing customer and partner S-Bahn Stuttgart relies on us as the vehicle manufacturer to modernise the existing Stuttgart area fleet. The fleet currently consists of 157 trains, many of which have been in reliable operation in the Stuttgart area for more than two decades and will be extended to 215 trains.
“They cover more than 23 million kilometres every year and bring more than 400,000 passengers safely to their destination every day. We look forward to making them fit and more comfortable for decades to come.”
The new interior design features an enhanced allotment of several vehicle areas.
In addition, the trains will include Wi-Fi, a contemporary passenger information and infotainment system, and electrical sockets for charging mobile devices in various vehicle areas.
The existing multi-purpose areas at the end of the car will be supplemented with two additional multi-role compartments in the middle.
These will be equipped with folding seats and comfortable elements to lean on.
Travellers with bicycles in the future will be able to enter parking spaces from two entry doors.
To enable easier access to the all-purpose compartments in the front and back of the vehicle, seating arrangements for wheelchair users and strollers were modified.
For the possibility of targeted forecast of train usage, an automatic passenger counting system will also be introduced in the future.
After the upgrade, the trains will be equipped in the same way as the latest vehicles that were ordered in 2018 and whose models are currently being manufactured in Hennigsdorf.