The trains, which consist of class 423 and class 430 EMUs, will be equipped with an automatic passenger counting system, as well as two additional multi-purpose compartments to supplement the two existing multimodal areas found at the ends of each coach.

The upgrades will bring the existing fleet in line with DB’s new fleet of 58 additional four-car class 430 S-Bahn trains ordered from Bombardier for €437m in in February 2019 for the Stuttgart network, which will expand the Stuttgart fleet to 215 trains.

The upgraded interiors will also feature Wi-Fi, passenger information systems, infotainment systems and electrical sockets.

The contract covers the provision of engineering services to redesign the fleets, alongside the modernisation and delivery of three converted prototype vehicles for each type.

Development will be carried out at Bombardier’s Mannheim and Hennigsdorf facilities, with the modernisation of the prototypes taking place in Hennigsdorf. The modernisation and delivery of the remaining vehicles will be carried out in-house at S-Bahn Stuttgart.

“With the interior elements of our redesign, we are meeting the latest requirements for urban mobility,” says Dr Dirk Rothenstein, CEO of S-Bahn Stuttgart. “For passengers in the Stuttgart region, this means better passenger service and more space for wheelchairs, strollers as well as bicycles through additional multi-purpose areas.”

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