In October 2021, the SBB awarded the Thurgau train company Stadler under patron Peter Spuhler (63) an order worth 2 billion francs: Stadler was to deliver 286 single-deck Flirt multiple units to the SBB. It is one of the largest orders that SBB has ever awarded.
Competitor Alstom from France didn’t like it at all that she got nothing. She therefore appealed against the award – and has now failed. The Federal Administrative Court confirmed the award of the contract to Stadler and dismissed the complaint, SBB and Stadler announced on Wednesday. The railway company wrote that the procurement law requirements and the equal treatment of providers were observed during the tendering process.
More space for bikes and prams
Stadler can now start building the 286 Flirt trains for regional transport. However, the court case is delaying the delivery of the vehicles. They would now only start operation in the course of 2026, instead of from the end of 2025 as originally planned.
The new trains have more storage space for bicycles, prams and large pieces of luggage, offer good mobile communications for on the go and sockets in all compartments, it said. There are two wheelchair spaces and a corresponding toilet per train. And now there will also be wheelchair spaces in 1st class.
The SBB does not do the procurement alone, but together with the subsidiaries Thurbo in Eastern Switzerland and Regionalps in Valais. The three railway companies wanted to implement the expansion of the railway service planned by the federal government and the cantons. According to Stadler, the contract includes an option for up to 224 additional flirt trains.
SBB boss Vincent Ducrot (59) justified the purchase in October last year with the replacement of existing rolling stock. By 2035, numerous SBB, Thurbo and Regionalps trains would reach the end of their useful life.
Construction in Thurgau
According to the SBB, the price for a single new flirt train is around seven million francs. The major order also brings standardization in rolling stock. A large number of identical trains enables more flexible operation and lower maintenance costs.
According to earlier information from Stadler, the new trains are to be manufactured entirely in Thurgau. The Swiss share of added value is therefore around 75 percent. (SDA/sfa)