MIKA Kandertal trains (Photo: BLS press release)

BLS introduces new Stadler trains on Swiss-Italian line

MIKA Kandertal trains (Photo: BLS press release) BLS

Swiss railway company BLS introduced new Stadler-built MIKA trains on its cross-border line between Brig in Switzerland and Domodossola in Italy on December 10. Now, RegioExpress journeys once again directly connect the Swiss capital Bern to Italy.

The newly approved MIKA trains elevate the travel experience for passengers commuting between Brig and Domodossola, according to the Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon (BLS) railway company. The BLS RABe 528, commonly known as the MIKA, is manufactured by Stadler Rail for BLS. Each MIKA formation is composed of six cars, with a  capacity of 275 seated passengers. The new enhancements include panoramic windows, a dedicated bistro zone, power sockets at every seat, and an overall increase in available space compared to the current trains on this route.

Inside the MIKA (Photo: BLS press release)

The MIKA trains now make scheduled stops in Preglia throughout the day. This enhances the offer for daily commuters and leisure travellers interested in exploring the scenic Ossola region through hikes and excursions.

It’s noteworthy that the rollout of MIKA trains on the Bern-Domodossola route faced a one-year delay. The delay was attributed to complications arising from the failed framework agreement between Switzerland and the European Union, according to a BLS press release. Consequently, the trains initially operated solely between Bern and Brig, necessitating passengers to transfer to older NINA trains in Brig.

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Author: Emma Dailey

Emma Dailey is an editor at RailTech.com and RailTech.be.

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