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BREAKING: New S-Bahn for Berlin from DB. More space for passengers on the S8 line with immediate effect

BREAKING: New S-Bahn for Berlin from DB. More space for passengers on the S8 line with immediate effect
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18 / 10 / 2022

60,000 passengers a day now benefit from more space, more comfort, and cameras for better safety - the New 483/484 series is reliably on the move. With immediate effect, DB is converting its following line, the S8, to Berlin's "new" trains. The modern trains with the distinctive flat front are already in reliable service on three Berlin S-Bahn lines. From now on, around 60,000 S8 passengers a day will also benefit from better information, more cameras, and more space for wheelchair users, prams and bicycles.

Instead of four carriages, the trains now have six carriages. In addition, the S8 line will be extended from Birkenwerder beyond Zeuthen to Wildau during rush hours. It means that together with the S46, two lines now provide an environmentally friendly connection to the nearby student city.

To mark the launch, Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey and Rainer Genilke, Brandenburg's State Secretary for Infrastructure and State Planning drove a train of the new 483/484 series themselves for a few kilometers each way from Pankow to Treptower Park.

Franziska Giffey, Governing Mayor of Berlin: "Today is a good day for Berlin's public transport. The new trains are an excellent advertisement for switching from individual transport. It is another crucial building block for more climate protection, modern mobility, and participation. Future-proof, affordable, and comfortable public transport contributes to the sustainable and resource-saving city that is our common goal. With DB, Stadler, and Siemens, Berlin has three business partners to drive this development forward. I would like to thank the workers and engineers who have worked so hard to design and build the new trains for Berlin."

Rainer Genilke, State Secretary for Infrastructure and State Planning of the State of Brandenburg: "Our state funds are money well spent: passengers can look forward to more space, modern comfort, and even better service. In addition, the S8 now connects the business and science location in Wildau with Berlin. It is great news for Brandenburg. We are also taking another step forward in the transport revolution: because with an attractive offer, even more, people will switch to climate-friendly public transport."

S-Bahn boss Peter Buchner: "Get on board and feel good - with these ultra-modern and comfortable trains, we are whetting people's appetites for the mobility revolution. When the new vehicles are fully in service next year, more than half a million passengers in Berlin will benefit every day. As of today, the S8 already offers more space, because we are now running longer trains. In concrete terms, this means room for 300 additional passengers per train. Thanks to the early delivery, the first vehicles on the S41 and S42 Ringbahn lines will already be in service from December and not, as contractually agreed, from April 2023. contractually agreed, from April 2023.

Nine new trains have been in service on the 59-kilometer-long S8 line since today, replacing those of the 485 series. The approximately 30-year-old vehicles, whose construction dates back to GDR times, will first be parked and then gradually disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Some of them are still being used as spare parts for the remaining trains of this series.

A total of 172 cars of the new series, which was developed and built by the manufacturers Stadler Deutschland and Siemens Mobility, are now in daily service.

Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler Germany: "With the S8, the third S-Bahn line has now been put into operation with the new and modern vehicles over and above schedule. The manufacturer consortium Stadler and Siemens reliably delivers one to two trains from the Stadler factory in Pankow to S-Bahn Berlin every week, and they are just as reliable in operation there. This interval will be further increased as planned so that all 106 new vehicles of the S-Bahn Berlin will be available on time."

Elmar Zeiler, Head of Commuter Rail Siemens Mobility: "Thanks to the punctual introduction of the new S-Bahn trains on the S8, Berliners can look forward to more seats, an improved driving experience, and more comfort," says Albrecht Neumann, CEO of Rolling Stock at Siemens Mobility. "The trains of the new 483/484 series, manufactured by Siemens and Stadler, not only stand out for their reliability but also for their modern energy-efficient drive technology."

The states of Berlin and Brandenburg ordered and financed the performance and capacity increase. The new vehicles are part of the transport contract for the Ring subnetwork, which came into force on 1 January 2021. On New Year's Eve 2020/21, the first train went into service punctually at 0.01 a.m. - initially on the S47 line (Spindlersfeld - Hermannstraße) and since the end of June on the S46 (Königs Wusterhausen - Westend). As the series production of the vehicles is progressing well, even the S45 (BER - Südkreuz) can temporarily be equipped with new vehicles. In agreement with the VBB, vehicles that have already been delivered will run on the S45 before they are used on the planned lines.

After the complete delivery of the trains ordered from Siemens and Stadler at the end of 2023, 106 more two-car units will be in service throughout Berlin. DB will thus increase the capacity of Berlin's S-Bahn fleet by a total of 25,000 seats and make environmentally friendly local transport in the capital even more attractive for passengers.

 

Source: Stadler Press Releases

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