Deutsche Bahn increases high-speed fleet

30 new high-speed trains will be introduced by Deutsche Bahn in 2022. As a result, the company’s high-speed fleet will increase by 20 per cent. The German operator has also secured an option for 60 more high-speed trains.

Deutsche Bahn started a procurement for 30 new high-speed trains at the end of 2019. After half a year of the examination, the railway company chose Siemens Mobility as a supplier of the mentioned batch. The German manufacturer will produce these vehicles at its facilities in North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria as well as in Austria for 1 billion euros. 30 new high-speed trains of the ICE 3 type will be added to DB’s fleet in 2022.

More trains for more journeys

Initially, 30 new trains will run on the long-distance linking the state of North Rhine-Westphalia to Munich via the Cologne – Frankfurt high-speed line. Each vehicle will have a capacity for 440 seats, it is able to speed up to 320 kilometres per hour. As a result, DB will increase its capacity for the long-distance connections by 13,200 seats. “By the end of 2022, our passengers will benefit from more seats, more comfort and more speed,” noted Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn.

Therefore, the agreement between DB and Siemens Mobility has an option for 60 more high-speed trains. DB plans to increase the capacity of the ICE high-speed trains by around 220,000 seats by 2026. “The new, state-of-the-art ICE trains make rail travel even more attractive – also due to the high-speed trains, together with modern rail infrastructure, are an important prerequisite for increasing the frequency of nation-wide rail service. This means that rail is increasingly becoming a climate-friendly alternative for long-distance travelling,” said Andreas Scheuer, Germany’s Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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