Austrian train company the ÖBB is to improve regional train services.
From the end of 2015 100 new ‘City Jet’ trains will be introduced. Parts have already been ordered form Siemens and by the end of 2015 they will successively be introduced in Vienna, Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria.
The Transport Ministry and the Austrian Federal States are investing a total of 550 million Euro in the project – with 90 per cent coming from the Ministry.
The ÖBB is investing in comfort and the interior of the trains.
Christian Kern, member of the board at ÖBB-Holding AG said: “Bucking the international trend, the ÖBB is investing in comfort and the facilities. We want to provide ‘S Class’ and not ‘Third Class’.
The new Desiro trains will be used for S-Bahn connections as well as regional trains and the trains will be built in Austria, and thus will help secure jobs.
There will be two versions of the new trains. Thirty sets for regional S-Bahns in Vienna and Lower Austria each with 244 seats and 70 sets for regional trains in Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria each with 259 seats.
The S-Bahns will have six doors per side and the regional trains will have four doors per side.
Kern said: “The increasing number of train passengers in the first half of 2013, an increase of around 4 per cent in comparison to the first half of 2012, can be partly attributed to the increase in quality of the trains.
The new red and white trains will have four different zones – a communication, work, quite and service zone.
There will also be enough room for wheelchair users, pushchairs and bikes.
Each seat will be a comfort seat and have a reading light, an electricity source and a lap top fold down table.
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