The new night trains of ÖBB and Siemens were presented on Tuesday. These should be on the rails from the end of 2022.
Despite the restrictions on travel as a result of the corona pandemic, ÖBB, Siemens Mobility and Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) present the new night trains today at the Siemens plant in Vienna-Simmering. From the end of 2022, the next generation of Nightjets will be in operation, initially on connections between Austria, Germany and Italy. The first 13 sets were called up from the ÖBB under a framework agreement with Siemens, and another 20 are to follow.
New Nightjet trains will run quieter
Gewessler emphasizes the importance of environmentally friendly mobility for climate protection. “The new Nightjet gives hope for a time after Corona, where you can travel again,” said the environment minister. 500 million euros will be invested in night trains over the next few years. ÖBB boss Andreas Matthä wants to further expand the pioneering role of the Federal Railways in night trains in Europe.
The new generation of Nightjet trains will run more quietly thanks to lightweight bogies specially developed in Graz and produce less wear, as Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter explains to APA. The free WiFi was previously only used in long-distance traffic in the Railjets and is now also being implemented in night train traffic. Barrier-free access for wheelchair users is made possible by a low-floor entry into a wagon, in which there is a barrier-free couchette compartment and an associated toilet.
International ÖBB Nightjet traffic currently suspended
The international ÖBB Nightjet traffic is currently suspended due to the corona-related travel restrictions, only one train runs between Vienna and Bregenz. Nevertheless, the Siemens manager is optimistic about the future of the night trains: There is a “renaissance” of city connections, and the Nightjet with its little “feel-good oases” hits the nerve of the times.