posted on 18th Sep 2023 16:47
On 18 September 2023 the new Berlin S-Bahn fleet has been completed: all 106 trains of the new class are now in service. Representatives from politics, business, the Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Association (VBB) and the Berlin S-Bahn gathered at the Charlottenburg S-Bahn station for the ceremonial delivery of the last train in this batch. The states of Berlin and Brandenburg are financing the purchase of the units, which were manufactured by a consortium of Stadler and Siemens.
The trains, equipped with air conditioning, state-of-the-art passenger information systems and cameras for greater security, offer passengers a new level of comfort and convenience. The new fleet also increases the transport capacity in parts of the city’s S-Bahn network, thus expanding services.
In the course of replacing the older trains, the number of cars per train was also increased. For customers, this has specific benefits: longer trains operate on the Ring lines S41/S42 as well as the S8 line, and the S8 line is extended to Wildau during peak hours. The new S-Bahn fleet now offers a total of around 18,000 seats. The new trains have entered service successively since the beginning of 2021, and have been operating on lines S41, S42, S46, S47 and S8 since then.
The Class 483/484 EMUs are part of the transport contract for the Ring subnetwork and are financed by the regions of Berlin and Brandenburg. Parallel, S-Bahn Berlin is continuing to implement its “BR 481 longevity program”. More than 300 of the 500 units in the Class 481 (built between 1996 and 2004) have already been rebuilt.
Every day, around 1.4 million people use the S-Bahn Berlin trains, which operate on 16 lines in the capital and the state of Brandenburg. The Class 483/484s have already covered around 17 million km in service.