Turkish State Railways (TCDD) has ordered Velaro high-speed trains from Siemens Mobility.The first Velaro Turkey was ordered in 2013 and went into passenger service between Ankara and Konya in May 2015. At the same time, TCDD signed a second contract with Siemens for six eight-car high-speed trains. The last twelve eight-car Velaro TR trains were ordered in 2018 and 2019. The contract included maintenance, repair, and cleaning of the trains for a period of three years. With the delivery well ahead of schedule, a record time for the start of passenger operation could be achieved. On average, the time between the contract signing and passenger operation amounts to 24 months.
S-Bahn Berlin GmbH has signed a framework contract with the consortium of Stadler Pankow GmbH and Siemens for the delivery of up to 1,380 vehicles. A firm order was placed for the first 106 trains. The 85 four-section and 21 two-section trains have a high triple-digit million-euro order volume. S-Bahn Berlin, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn, plans to use the new trains on the Ringbahn lines (S 41 and S 42) as well as on the system's southeastern feeder lines S 47, S 46 and S 8. These lines comprise roughly one-third of the entire S-Bahn network in Berlin. The first ten vehicles will be ready to enter service as of 2020. Subsequently, all remaining vehicles will be delivered continuously to the Berlin system up to 2023. The vehicles will be manufactured and assembled at the Berlin plant operated by Stadler Pankow GmbH.
Shifting freight transport to rail has its limitations. Therefore, a share of this transport will need to be carried out by trucks that combine reliable service with minimum environmental impact. The eHighway system is twice as efficient as conventional internal combustion engines. This Siemens Mobility innovation supplies trucks with power from an overhead contact line. This reduces local air pollution and contributes significantly to the decarbonization of the transport sector.
The national carrier Czech Railways (České dráhy – ČD) continues to modernize its fleet serving long-distance domestic and international lines. The consortium of Siemens Mobility and Škoda Transportation has won the tender for 20 Viaggio Comfort nine-car non-traction units including control cars, designed for a maximum operating speed of 230 km/h. The cars will be delivered from 2024 to 2026 and the order is valued at around half a billion EUR.
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Siemens Mobility has been awarded a major contract in the United Kingdom. London Underground (LUL), a subsidiary of Transport for London, responsible for the urban rail system in Britain's capital, signed a contract with Siemens Mobility to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains worth around €1.5 billion GBP (1.54 billion Euro) to replace the existing 1970s fleet. The trains will serve the Piccadilly line and delivery will begin in 2025.
The new metro trains for London will significantly increase capacity and throughput on the Piccadilly line. The new spacious Piccadilly line trains are based on Siemens Mobility's Inspiro family of metro trains and offer passengers substantially improved passenger experience.
As part of a fleet services contract, Siemens Mobility will be responsible for covering the supply of spares for a period of five years beginning with the commissioning of the first trains. Siemens Mobility will also provide whole life technical support for the trains when they are out of their general warranty. Additionally, LUL has ordered digital services based on Siemens Mobility's Railigent.
The number of passengers traveling over long distances has been climbing for years, and operators of high-speed trains face tight competition with airlines and new providers of long-distance, road-based services. Future-proof trains with reduced lifecycle costs and enhanced travel comfort are therefore more important than ever for securing and increasing high-speed rail transport.