- Train builder Stadler Rail in eastern Switzerland has received a major order from a German-Austrian project consortium.
- Stadler will deliver and maintain up to 504 vehicles.
- The largest order in the company’s history totals 4 billion euros (about 4.2 billion Swiss francs), Stadler announced.
In addition to vehicle manufacturing, the framework agreement also includes a maintenance contract for up to 32 years. The contract includes a fixed order quantity of 246 Citylink cars with a volume of about 1.7 billion euros (about 1.77 billion Swiss francs). There is also an option to order another 258 cars. Up to 504 vehicles can be delivered, which can be used as trams and for road trips.
Six carriers from Germany and Austria announced the contract as part of the “VDV Tramway”. According to Stadler, the award marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between the project consortium, which consists of Transport Company Karlsruhe (VBK), Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft (AVG), Saarbahn Netz, Schiene Oberösterreich, Salzburg State and Zweckverband Regional-Stadtbahn Neckar- Alb and Stadler. According to the information, the first four vehicles will be delivered to Sarban in 2024.
Can be used in both city and country
Stadler describes Citylink as a “smart tram” that can also be used as an intercity train with the appropriate configuration. All vehicles are delivered in a three-part design. However, the equipment varies with the operator. Vehicle lengths, number of doors, entrance, connection heights, and other configurations vary. While all vehicles will be equipped with air conditioning for both passenger and driver compartments, all will also have a flexible multi-purpose area with two wheelchair seats.
The responsibility for the overall management of the project and for coordinating the implementation of the order lies with the Karlsruhe Transport Authority. They say that such a purchase concept as the one applied here is so far unique in the world.
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