"We're writing a new chapter in the success story of the ICE 4 with the timetable change. Starting in December, the ICE 4 will run on additional routes and offer our passengers more space and comfort as well as greater reliability," said Michael Peterson, Marketing Director at DB Fernverkehr.
"With the timetable change on coming Sunday and the expanded ICE 4 service, our ICE 4 is increasingly becoming the backbone of Germany's mainline traffic. The initiating operations on the VDE 8 route equipped with ETCS is another enormously important milestone in the German Unity Railway Project Nr. 8 (VDE 8) that we've reached right on schedule. This is especially important for us, since our train now connects the Siemens Mobility locations in Berlin, Erlangen, Nuremberg and Munich," said Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility.
In October, Germany's Federal Railway Authority (EBA) approved the ICE 4 for operating with the European Train Control System (ETCS) in Germany. With this approval, the ICE 4 can now, as planned, begin operation on the ETCS-equipped rail line between Berlin and Munich. All 137 of the ordered trains will be equipped with ETCS and can thus run on the VDE 8 route.
This press release, press photos and additional material are available at: www.siemens.com/press/ice4