SBB’s CHF 1.3 Billion Contract Award For 60 Double-Decker Trains With Stadler

BianchiSchwald acted as counsel to Stadler Rail in this transaction.

Swiss railway operator Swiss Federal Railways SBB has awarded a contract for 60 additional InterRegio (IR) double-deck trains to rolling stock manufacturer Stadler for $1.42bn (Sfr1.3bn).

SBB is aiming to expand capacity in order to offer more regional services while adhering to accessibility requirements. This order is an option from an existing contract. 41 of the vehicles, type IR-Dosto, will contribute to replacing the existing fleet and fulfil new accessibility requirements, which mandates, among other things, that by the end of 2023 barrier-free access must be made available to people with reduced mobility. The remaining 19 vehicles will be used to increase capacity in the regions of Zurich and western Switzerland to get rid of existing capacity bottlenecks and add additional services. The first vehicles will start carrying passengers from the 2024 timetable.

The IR double decker is a multiple unit train and offers 466 seats over a train length of 150 metres. The low- floor design facilitates barrier-free boarding for all passengers. The interior corresponds to the standard in long-distance services and offers 2:1 seating in 1st class. There are power sockets, easily accessible bicycle spaces, multifunctional compartments with space for pushchairs, plenty of toilet facilities and a modern information system available throughout the train. Stadler calls the IR double-decker a “comfortable innovative speedy S-Bahn train” (“komfortabler innovativer spurtstarker S-Bahn-Zug” or “KISS” in German).

Stadler has been building trains for over 75 years. The provider of rail vehicle construction solutions has its headquarters in Bussnang in eastern Switzerland. It has a workforce of around 12,000 based in various production and engineering locations as well as more than 40 service locations. The company is conscious of its social responsibility for sustainable mobility and therefore stands for innovative, sustainable and durable quality products.

The BianchiSchwald team was led by Marc Metzger (Picture) and included Thomas Schmid and Stipe Jozic.

Involved fees earner: Stipe Jozic – BianchiSchwald LLC; Marc Metzger – BianchiSchwald LLC; Thomas Schmid – BianchiSchwald LLC;

Law Firms: BianchiSchwald LLC;

Clients: Stadler Rail AG;

Federica Tiefenthaler

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler