New generation Nightjets revealed by ÖBB
ÖBB and Siemens Mobility have presented the exterior design of the new generation of the Nightjet on Tuesday. The first new Nightjets will go in operation from 2022, a total of 33 new trains will be added to the fleet in the future. Austria is investing around 500 million euros in the coming years to boost night train travel.
The first journeys of the new Nightjet trains will be on the connections from Austria and Germany to Italy. The first 13 train sets have already been requested from the ÖBB under a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility, and 20 more will follow in the future.
More trains, more destinations
“In the fight against the climate crisis, Europe needs more climate-friendly mobility”, said Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Climate Protection Minister. “A strong night train network is an important part of this. That is why we are investing around 500 million euros in the future of night trains in the coming years.” With this, Austria will purchase 20 more Nightjets, which not only means more wagons, but also more destinations and more night train lines, says the minister. “The Nightjet is the best option for travelling between major European cities, Austria is and will remain the pioneer in the EU.”
“The decision to enter the night train business across Europe in 2016 and consistently expand the night train network was spot on”, says Andreas Matthä, ÖBB’s CEO. “We are already the largest provider of night train travel in Europe. The investment in a new, modern wagon material will ensure that we can continue to develop this pioneering role in the future. With our new Nightjets, we will be convincing in the future with more comfort and privacy and will clearly focus on the needs of passengers.”
Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter: “The new Nightjet impresses with its passenger comfort, sustainability and flexibility and will be the global benchmark for years.” The central element of the trains are the innovative mini-suites, which offer passengers a private sphere of retreat, says Peter. The bogies have a special lightweight construction and should ensure that the train runs particularly smoothly and uses less energy over the entire life cycle. “Our Nightjet will play a central role when it comes to connecting European metropolises with one another in a climate-friendly way and making rail travel even more attractive.”
What’s on the inside?
The seven-part Nightjets of the new generation consist of two seating cars, three couchette cars and two sleeping cars. The design combines modern design with more comfort. In the new couchette car concept, additional mini-suites offer extra privacy for single travellers. Travelilng in the sleeping car will be more comfortable, because the standard and deluxe compartments will have their own toilet and shower facility. The previously used compartments will still be available, but in a new design.
New on board is the free WiFi, which was previously limited to Railjets in long-distance transport and will now also be available to travellers on the new generation of night trains. Every Nightjet will be traveling with a multifunctional car that has a low-floor entry and which has a barrier-free couchette compartment and a barrier-free toilet, so it is accessible for all passengers.
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