Swiss Court Upholds SBB Contract with Stadler

Switzerland’s Federal Administrative Court has dismissed Alstom’s appeal against the award of a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Thurbo and RegionAlps contract to Stadler.

Stadler’s FLIRT model is a single-decker multiple unit for local and long-distance services
Stadler’s FLIRT model is a single-decker multiple unit for local and long-distance services

Last October Stadler was awarded a framework agreement for 286 single-deck FLIRT multiple units worth approximately two billion CHF (1.85bn EUR | 2.15bn USD), with an option for a further 224 units. This was the largest tender in Swiss rail history.

Unsuccessful bidder Alstom then filed an appeal against the award.

The court has upheld the award of the contract to Stadler, confirming that SBB had complied with the requirements of procurement law and the equal treatment of bidders during the tendering procedure.

The new trains will help SBB, Thurbo and RegionAlps to implement planned improvements to regional services as well as service expansion projects planned by the Confederation and the Cantons.

They will also provide passengers with a number of improvements including more storage space for bikes, pushchairs, and large items of luggage, better mobile phone coverage and data reception and every compartment will be equipped with power sockets. Thanks to better motorisation, the new units will also improve punctuality.

Delivery of the vehicles has been delayed due to the legal proceedings and the first FLIRT trains won’t enter service until 2026, rather than December 2025 as originally planned.

The new trains will gradually replace existing rolling stock up to 2034.

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