Austria: Siemens Completes Delivery of 21 Cityjet Trains in Vorarlberg

Siemens Mobility has completed its delivery of 21 Desiro ML Cityjet trains to ÖBB for operation in Vorarlberg, Austria.

This delivery was completed on schedule, with the first units having already covered over 1.7 million kilometres since December 2022.

The last of 21 sets from the Desiro ML series was recently transferred from Siemens Mobility to Vorarlberg
The last of 21 sets from the Desiro ML series was recently transferred from Siemens Mobility to Vorarlberg

The new four-part Cityjets are used in local transport on routes between Schruns and Lindau (Germany) and from Bregenz and Dornbirn to St. Margrethen (Switzerland).

Marcus Ender, regional manager, ÖBB passenger transport Vorarlberg said:

“We are pleased that the new Cityjets have now all arrived in Vorarlberg as planned. The state-of-the-art train sets ensure even more comfortable train journeys for our passengers. I am convinced that this will take us another step closer to our goal of inspiring even more people to switch to the train. Many thanks to the project team and everyone involved for the successful implementation!”

The trains can travel at speeds of up to 160 km/h and also feature:

  • Barrier-free level boarding
  • Automatic climate control
  • Around 290 adjustable, ergonomic comfort seats per train
  • Reading lights and power sockets at each seat
  • Monitors displaying modern passenger information
  • WLAN and ÖBB’s onboard portal, Railnet
  • Stroller parking at each entrance, up to 39 bicycle parking spaces, and storage areas for luggage
  • 2 wheelchair spaces per train
  • Two toilets, one of which is barrier-free and includes a changing table

With the delivery of the final units, the first stage of the framework agreement signed by ÖBB and Siemens Mobility in August 2021 has been successfully completed.

In total, this agreement covers the delivery of 46 electric multiple units from the Desiro ML series. The delivery of a further 20 sets for the federal state of Tyrol began in August this year, while another five will be delivered in Salzburg from the middle of next year.

Daniel Zadra, State Mobility Councilor in Vorarlberg said:

“A very long story has now come to a happy conclusion. The train sets, which are now fully in use, offer comfort that we don't really know from regional transport. I'm not just talking about the bicycle and multifunctional compartments, which are revolutionary for Austrian standards, but also about the increased legroom, the work tables, the disabled toilets, the changing tables and sockets. This makes travelling by train really fun.”

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