Berlin Completes Rollout of New S-Bahn Fleet Enhancing Public Transport Service

Berlin Completes Rollout of New S-Bahn Fleet Enhancing Public Transport Service

(IN BRIEF) Berlin celebrates the completion of its new S-Bahn fleet with all 106 trains now in service, offering passengers enhanced comfort and convenience. These state-of-the-art trains feature air conditioning, advanced passenger information systems, and security cameras, providing a significant upgrade to the city’s public transport system. The increased transport capacity in parts of the S-Bahn network and longer trains on key lines, such as the Ring lines S41/S42 and the extended S8 line during peak hours, offer benefits to commuters. The project, financed by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg, was realized through a consortium of Stadler and Siemens, and the new trains have already covered around 17 million kilometers in service. Berlin’s commitment to improving public transport aims to make rail travel an attractive option for more residents and reduce reliance on cars.

(PRESS RELEASE) BERLIN, 19-Sep-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Representatives from politics, business, the Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Association (VBB) and the Berlin S-Bahn gathered at the Charlottenburg S-Bahn station for the ceremonial delivery of the last train in this tranche. The states of Berlin and Brandenburg are financing the purchase of the trains, which were manufactured by a consortium of Stadler and Siemens.

Manja Schreiner, Berlin Senator for Mobility, Transport, Climate Protection, and the Environment:

“Completion of the new fleet of trains on the Ring line marks a significant step forward for the S-Bahn service and the entire Berlin public transport system. This progress can be directly experienced by passengers every day: the longer trains offer more seats; air conditioning and the state-of-the-art passenger information system enhance comfort and convenience. The expanded and improved service can make switching to rail an interesting option for many. We will continue to pursue this course of offering attractive services to win over more and more people.”

Guido Beermann, Minister for Infrastructure and State Planning of the State of Brandenburg:

“The S-Bahn is a vital link between Brandenburg and Berlin, especially for the many commuters. I am therefore delighted that the new fleet of trains is now complete. By providing significantly more space on board and many technical innovations, we are making climate-friendly public transport even more attractive. This is how the transport transition works.”

S-Bahn CEO Peter Buchner:

“We have received very positive responses to the new air-conditioned, quiet and comfortable trains – from our passengers as well as our employees. The new trains have already covered around 17 million kilometers in service.”

Ute Bonde, Managing Director of Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg:

“We are especially pleased that the new trains have been delivered on time despite the difficult conditions and are now all in service. For passengers, this means benefiting from more space and greater comfort and convenience on the Ring line and on the S46, S47, and S8 lines. Looking to the tasks ahead, we welcome the fact that S-Bahn Berlin GmbH is strongly committed to continuing its longevity program for the older 481 series trains. It is important to keep this main part of the S-Bahn fleet fully upgraded for operations until it is replaced by further new trains.”

Jure Mikolčić, CEO Stadler Germany:

“Our employees worked on the project in various phases for nearly ten years. The collaboration with our consortium partner Siemens and S-Bahn Berlin was very good throughout the entire project. We are especially proud that we were able to manufacture the new S-Bahn trains for Berlin at our location here in Berlin.”

Elmar Zeiler, Head of Commuter and Regional Trains, Siemens Mobility:

“As a company with Berlin roots, we are particularly proud to be contributing to a sustainable improvement in passenger experience and comfort on the Berlin S-Bahn. The trains of the new 483/484 series not only stand out with their reliability, greater seating capacity and air conditioning, but also with their modern, energy-efficient drive technology.” The 483/484 series trains are part of the transport contract for the Ring subnetwork and are financed by the regions of Berlin and Brandenburg. Parallel, S-Bahn Berlin is continuing to implement its “BR 481 longevity program”. More than 300 of the 500 trains in the 481 series (built between 1996 and 2004) have already been rebuilt.   Every day, around 1.4 million people use the S-Bahn Berlin trains, which operate on 16 lines in the capital and the state of Brandenburg.

Siemens Mobility is a separately managed company of Siemens AG. As a leader in intelligent transport solutions for more than 175 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio. Its core areas include rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, a comprehensive software portfolio, turnkey systems as well as related services. With digital products and solutions, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability. In fiscal year 2022, which ended on September 30, 2022, Siemens Mobility posted revenue of €9.7 billion and had around 38,200 employees worldwide. Further information is available at:

Media Contact:

Silke Thomson-Pottebohm
Siemens Mobility
+49 174 3063307

Steffen Rutsch
Deutsche Bahn
+49 (0) 30 297-58227

Julia Bülow
Stadler Deutschland
+49 172 4640631

SOURCE: Siemens AG



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