New trains for carefree travel
BLS places its greatest order of rolling stock in the company’s history. 52 new latest-generation FLIRT trains have been ordered for use from 2021 onwards – so that you can continue to travel comfortably, reliably and safely in future.
After the successful putting into service of 28 modern MUTZ double-decker trains by Stadler Rail for use on the S-Bahn, BLS is further investing in an up-to-date and more uniform fleet of trains. This is being done so that, in future, your journey to school work or during leisure time activities on the other BLS lines will be more comfortable, more reliable and therefore more trouble-free.
52 single-decker multiple unit trains, each aroung 100 metres long, are definitely being ordered for RegioExpress (RE) and S-Bahn use. Between 2021an 2025, they will replace the current 43 oldest commuter trains in the BLS fleet and will facilitate the planned expansion of the timetable. In addition, existing capacity constraints on the popular Lötschberg mountain line, in the Simmental and on S-Bahn line S2 in Bern will be eliminated. The new trains will have around 250 comfortable seats and practical multifunctional and standing areaas.
The tender process for the largest rolling purchase in BLS history will take place in two stages that already got underway in September 2015. After a pre-qualification procedure for possible suppliers, the order for the construction of the new trains should take place by the end of 2017. The relevant work and delivery contract with Stadler Rail was signed on 15 January 2018. The first new train will be in service for you at the beginning of 2021 after completing an intensive test phase. Needless to say and in keeping with tradition, our new trains will be given unmistakable model names.
Putting into service
By the end of 2025, all 52 trains should have been delivered and be running on the following lines (subject to change with notice):
- RE and Regio Lötschberger Bern–Spiez–Zweisimmen and Brig–Domodossola (dividing train)
- Future RE Bern–Burgdorf–Konolfingen–Thun
- Various lines on the Bern S-Bahn such as S2, S4, and S5
Additional information on the new trains
These new trains will not only offer more space, but also impress in terms of convenience, punctuality, cleanliness, safety and passenger information. BLS is ordering the trains in two different configurations, so that they can be used both on the predominantly tourist-based RegioExpress lines and on the S-Bahn lines, which carry many commuters.
- Wheelchair-, rollator- (wheeled walker) and pushchair-friendly low floor access with gap bridging at each door
- Generously-proportioned and convenient standing areas (S-Bahn)
- Spacious and practical multi-purpose areas for luggage, pushchairs, cycles, winter sports equipment, etc.
- Air-conditioning and sun shades
- Good mobile phone reception
- Power sockets in 1st and 2nd class
- Optimised for travellers with limited mobility
- Refreshment area (RegioExpress)
- Speedy passenger exchange thanks to generously proportioned interior at the entranceway, and doors with fast opening and closing times
- Rapid-acceleration vehicle with a top speed of 160 km/h
- Symmetrical, streamlined vehicle
- Highly reliable technical systems
- Dirt traps in all entrances
- Rubbish bins by seats
- Newspaper collection box at each exit
- High-quality yet easy-to-clean materials
- Two toilets, one of which is wheelchair-accessible, both with baby changing facilities and air freshener
- CCTV monitoring for passenger safety
- Support from BLS conductors (RE lines)
- Fire alarm and fire-fighting system
- SOS intercom at exits and in the toilets
- Call for aid device in areas for passengers with limited mobility
- Passenger information on the train: acoustic and visual, displays at front and next to entrances
- Passenger information inside the train: acoustic and visual, loudspeakers and screens with real-time information in all areas
- Network maps by all entrances
These three train models will be replaced by the new ones:
- 9 EW III commuter trains
- 21 RBDe 565 commuter trains
- 13 RBDe 566II commuter trains