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Driverless U-Bahn trains proposed for Vienna

Posted: 8 June 2015 | Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Intelligent Transport

Viennese transport operator Wiener Linien has revealed plans to introduce driverless U-Bahn trains on Line U5. Wiener Linien’s proposal for a fully automated metro line is due for completion in 2023 and is thought to improve overall customer service, punctuality and improve safety through platform screen doors. A Europe-wide tender process for 45 new trains […]

Driverless U-Bahn trains proposed for Vienna metro

Viennese transport operator Wiener Linien has revealed plans to introduce driverless U-Bahn trains on Line U5.

Driverless U-Bahn trains proposed for Vienna metro

Wiener Linien’s proposal for a fully automated metro line is due for completion in 2023 and is thought to improve overall customer service, punctuality and improve safety through platform screen doors.

A Europe-wide tender process for 45 new trains and future maintenance agreement will be announced shortly. The new trains will replace the existing Silberpfeil or ‘silver arrow’ fleet and bolster existing numbers in order to cope with demand. Once introduced on Line U5, the fully automatic vehicles will also enter service on lines U1 to U4 but with driver assistance.

Infrastructure Minister Alois Stoeger highlighted the growing demand on Vienna’s public transport network and stressed the importance of investing in new technologies to improve the comfort and safety of all passengers.

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