Rollick stock

New trains for carefree travel

BLS places its greatest order of rolling stock in the company’s history. 58 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 other BLS lines will be more comfortable, more reliable and therefore more trouble-free. 58 single-decker trains, each around 100 metres long, are being ordered for the RegioExpress lines and the Bern S-Bahn. These will be the latest generation of tried-and-tested FLIRT vehicles, which are also designed and manufactured by the Swiss company Stadler Rail. Between 2021 and 2026, 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 standing areas.

The tender process for the largest rolling-stock purchase in BLS history took place in two stages that already got under way in September 2015. Following a prequalification of potential suppliers and a painstaking evaluation, BLS awarded the construction contract for the new trains in early May 2017. The first new train is scheduled to be in service for you from 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 58 trains should have been delivered and be running on the following lines (subject to change without notice):

RegioExpress

  • RE Bern–Neuchâtel–La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • RE and Regio Lötschberger Bern–Spiez–Brig and Zweisimmen
  • Future RE Bern–Burgdorf–Konolfingen–Thun

S-Bahn

  • Various lines on the Bern S-Bahn (S2, S4, 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.

Convenient

  • Wheelchair-, wheeled-walker- and pushchair-accessible low-floor entrances with sliding steps at each door
  • Generously proportioned and convenient standing areas (S-Bahn)
  • Generously proportioned and practical multi-purpose areas for luggage, pushchairs, bicycles and snow-sports equipment, etc.
  • Air-conditioning
  • Good mobile phone reception
  • Power sockets in first and second class
  • Optimised for passengers with limited mobility

Punctual

  • 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

Clean

  • 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

Safe

  • CCTV monitoring for passenger safety
  • BLS conductors on board (RE)
  • Fire alarm and fire-fighting system
  • SOS intercom at exits and in the toilets

Informed

  • 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 at all entrances

Uniform fleet

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
0 Media files
    About us
    Fleet

    Our trains, locomotives, boats and buses

    Discover
    Media release from 2 May 2017
    BLS decides to purchase 58 new trains from Stadler Rail
    connect
    Newsletter