Berlin S-Bahn tender behind the schedule

The German states of Berlin and Brandenburg have proclaimed their intention to directly award DB subsidiary S-Bahn Berlin GmbH an temporary contract for the operation of the capital's ‘Ring line’ group of S-Bahn services.

The direct award contract is planned run for 69 months from December 17 2017, giving the transport authorities more time to procure and commission a planned fleet of new rolling stock ahead of the award of a competitively-tendered long-term operating contract.

The Land of Brandenburg is ready to provide €10m for double-tracking the 2,2 km between Hegermühle and Strausberg to permit services to run every 20 min.