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Due to SBB-Pannenzug: the Image of our long-distance transport suffers,

The new double-Decker train FV-Dosto, SBB once as the object of prestige to be celebrated, a device for the Federal railway to the loading – and now also political. "All parties have an interest, to bring light into the Dark," says Natalie Rickli (SVP). The national councillor is a member of the traffic Commission, which met yesterday. Although the Commission is to decide today on how to proceed. It seems clear that the SBB must declare to the policy for the 1.9 billion Swiss francs and expensive acquisition.

purchases were operative, says Jürg Grossen (GLP), and the Commission and the Parliament should not, in principle, talk to the Operative three. "At the moment, however, I am of the view that the Dimension of the problem allows a question to the SBB." Concerned about the traffic is that politicians are not in the least because because of the train ", the Image suffers from of our long-distance traffic", such as Bernhard Guhl (BDP) says.

" Bombardier has offered to us a very customer-friendly train."SBB chief Andreas Meyer

The SBB to see the different. "The FV-Dosto is no Pannenzug", write to you on request of this newspaper. The gentler tones than on Friday, as the SBB, in a communication "were dissatisfied with the reliability" of the train, and made it clear, now the manufacturer Bombardier is required"". This tells that it was "children's diseases".

Bombardier promised much

Who is to blame for the debacle of the FV-Dosto, respectively Twindexx Swiss Express, as the train for Bombardier, called? Is it the SBB, which were in 2009, the double-Decker train out and a "Jack of all trades" required, so a creation that can do everything and much more? Or is it the canadian manufacturer Bombardier, wanted to the largest Order in the history of the SBB to his works at home and abroad to capacity? And an unrivaled depth of offer filed and prompt the contract was awarded?

Railway professionals, which is addressed in this paper, an evaluation, see the thing is differentiated. With names you do not want to be quoted, because some of them are still in the railway business. The SBB should have multiple providers of the information procured, such as a new train should be designed according to the prior art. Based on this, the duty was formulated in a folder. Bombardier was already involved in the production of the Neigezugs ICN, and your double-Decker trains rolled in Germany and France. Siemens offered on the Basis of their ICE models, and Stadler Rail and hoped that with this order, the entry in the long-distance transport market.

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The race, Bombardier made an offer, the price was 1.86 billion Swiss francs for 59 trains per day travelling 100 million Swiss francs higher than the offer of Stadler Rail. For the Canadians, Siemens and Stadler from the negotiating table lead to the fall of costs with safeguards to the operation. The drive should be as efficient, in that the path over the years, hundreds of millions of francs in one part, the energy consumption is half that of the competition. Also in the case of the warranty in case of defects of the canadian group was very generous. There was talk at that time of an amount up to 40 per cent of the purchase sum, which is equivalent to around 700 million francs. "Bombardier has met the award criteria of the lens at the best and us a very customer-friendly train offers," said SBB CEO Andreas Meyer. In the case of Stadler Rail, felt the loss of the contract. And in the case of Siemens it is practiced in gloomy forecasts. "What is the request of the SBB here and Bombardier full-bodied promises, will not work", concluded by an engineer according to an Insider.

Serious defects

Bombardier's offer was a smaller car, the cross-section than the other in Europe and also in Switzerland, rolling, double-Decker trains. For the Zuggäste this means basically a loss of Comfort. In order to have also in the lower floor there is a decent standing height, had to be created on the floor in there deeper. And that's how the now infamous ramp to the door and thus to the platform edge for which the disabled people's associations took the matter to court, which contributed to the delay in the production of Dosto. According to experts, the SBB had asked for the scaled-down profile in the invitation to tender explicitly, but accepted.

Instead of the 59 purchased trains roll around nine years after the conclusion of the contract of just 12 on a restricted area of application. The trains have some serious shortcomings in the Software, the doors, the traction and smoothness – customers call the Dosto therefore Schüttelzug.

The Problem, according to experts: manufacturing defects make improvements and Modifications in the already-built trains necessary. This can develop into a quality problem, if new workers are put on the train. It is gemutmasst that it would have been less problems, especially if the Software is developed in a Swiss factory, used, and tested. The major part of the job was, however, implemented in Germany and elsewhere.

Depending on how the case developed, we could at the end of which far-reaching consequences for the SBB. "We need to ask ourselves the question, how much free space the policy aims to provide SBB with the procurement in the future," says SP-Nationalrat Philipp Hadorn. The Federal government is still the owner of SBB. Hadorn believes it is worth examining whether the Federal government should be involved in the future of a yet to be defined investment size increased.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 14.01.2019, 20:31 PM

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