Metroline U5 in Vienna, source: Wiener Linien

Siemens wins tender for delivery autonomous metros Vienna

Siemens has won the tender of Wiener Linien for the delivery of 45 metro trains. Some of these metro trains will be operation the new driverless metro line U5 in Vienna, Austria.  On the new metro line Unattended Train Operation (UTO) will be introduced. This means that the metro trains will operate without a driver.

The new metro trains will drive fully automated and also with metro staff on board. The vehicles will replace the current metro trains on the metro lines U1, U2, U3 and U4.


In 2030 more that two million people will live and work in Vienna. In order to capture the growing mobility needs, the current metro line U2 is extended and the new driverless metro line U5 will be build. In 2020 the testing of the first vehicle will start. By 2030 all 45 metro trains will be delivered. Part of the Siemens assignment is also the maintenance contract. The maintenance itself is carried out by the Wiener Linien staff, but the risk lies with the manufacturer.

During the Intelligent Rail Summit 2017 there will be a technical visit to the new metro project U5. You can find more information on the conference website of the event dat will take place on 28, 29 and 30 november at the Infocenter van de Wiener Linien.

Watch the video of the metro projects in Vienna:


Author: Marieke van Gompel

Marieke van Gompel is editor-in-chief of, and, online magazines for railway professionals.

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