The new Berlin S-Bahn fleet has been completed today: all 106 trains of the new series are now in service. This includes 85 four-section and 21 two-section trains. All are part of a framework contract with the consortium of Stadler Pankow GmbH and Siemens Mobility for delivery of up to 1,380 vehicles. The first train sets were already delivered in 2020.
The trains, equipped with air conditioning, state-of-the-art passenger information systems and cameras for greater security, offer passengers a new level of comfort and convenience. The new fleet also increases the transport capacity in parts of the city’s S-Bahn network, thus expanding services. In the course of replacing the older trains, the number of cars per train was also increased. For customers, this has specific benefits: longer trains operate on the Ring lines S41/S42 as well as the S8 line, and the S8 line is extended to Wildau during peak hours. The new S-Bahn fleet now offers a total of around 18,000 seats. The new trains have entered service successively since the beginning of 2021, and have been operating on lines S41, S42, S46, S47 and S8 since then.
Representatives from politics, business, the Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Association (VBB) and the Berlin S-Bahn gathered today at the Charlottenburg S-Bahn station for the ceremonial delivery of the last train in this tranche.
The 483/484 series trains are part of the transport contract for the Ring subnetwork and are financed by the regions of Berlin and Brandenburg. Parallel, S-Bahn Berlin is continuing to implement its “BR 481 longevity program”. More than 300 of the 500 trains in the 481 series (built between 1996 and 2004) have already been rebuilt. Every day, around 1.4 million people use the S-Bahn Berlin trains, which operate on 16 lines in the capital and the state of Brandenburg.
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