by Josephine Cordero Sapién
16 Jun 2020
Swedish train operator Transitio AB has ordered a further 12 double-decker KISS trains from Stadler.
Transitio AB will operate the trains under its Mälab brand. The contract is worth 133.3 million CHF. It is an option from the 2016 framework agreement between the two parties. Stadler will deliver the trains in autumn 2021. They will then serve the Mälaren region to the west of Stockholm, the Swedish capital.
In 2016, when Transitio AB and Stadler signed the framework agreement, the two companies also signed an initial contract for double-decker trains for a number of different regions in Sweden. Transitio AB ordered 33 trains for Mälab, and then triggered an initial option by ordering eight additional trains for Uppsala Länstrafik. This second option comprises 12 trains for Mälab. Consequently, Transitio has ordered a total of 53 KISS trains from Stadler.
The four-car double-decker trains a comfortable single-class interior. They are designed to feel spacious and give passengers plenty of leg room. Stadler has adapted the train bodies to suit the Swedish clearance gauge. The trains’ top speed is 200km/h. Double-walled gangways, underfloor heating and good insulation all help make these trains suitable for the cold Swedish winters.
“Just like the trains that have already been in passenger service since December 2019, the newly ordered vehicles will correspond to the Scandinavian design line developed jointly with Transitio. The fact that we have received a follow-up order from Transitio so soon after the new double-decker trains started passenger operations is a great vote of confidence and recognition of the quality of the new trains.”
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