BLS orders new Flirt EMUs from Stadler

Credit: Stadler.

Swiss rail operator BLS has confirmed an order with Stadler for 52 new Flirt EMUs.

The new vehicles will allow BLS to retire three older vehicle classes, giving the operator a brand new, uniform fleet.

Stadler’s chairman, Peter Spuhler, and BLS chief executive Bernard Guillelmon signed the contract on January 15.

The new single-deck train fleet will include 28 S-Bahn vehicles and 24 RegioExpress vehicles.

Both variants will be 105 metres long. However, the RegioExpress trains will be the only units to include a catering zone.

Credit: Stadler.

Construction of the new trains is due to start in early 2019. Testing is scheduled to begin from mid-2019 and delivery should take place between 2021 and 2025.

Later this year, a full-scale mock-up of one of the new carriages will go on display to give passengers the opportunity to see inside the new trains and provide feedback to the designers.

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  1. Not only that but Stadler are to work on manufacturing the Class 745 EMU and Class 755 EDMU Flirt units for Greater Anglia and Class 777 EMU Metro units for Merseyrail. Which these new trains should be in service between 2019 & 2021.


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