Gothenburg awards tram fleet contract to Bombardier consortium
11 October 2016 • Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
A Bombardier Transportation led consortium has won a contract to supply 40 Flexity low-floor trams with Vossloh Kiepe electrical equipment to the city of Gothenburg.
Bombardier together with consortium partner Vossloh Kiepe will supply 40 Flexity low-floor trams to Gothenburg transit authority, Göteborgs Spårvägar, following an international tender. The contract has an estimated value of €140 million ($156 million US) with Bombardier’s share amounting to approximately €97 million ($109 million US). The contract also includes an option for up to 60 additional trams, valid until 2026.
The new trams are adapted to the city’s existing light rail infrastructure and all types of environmental and climate conditions. Double glazing on all windows and doors prevents condensation and safeguards visibility and transparency in all weather conditions. The vehicles are low-floor to provide obstacle free access to all passengers, with low axle load and high passenger capacity. All versions of the vehicles provide sufficient space for wheelchairs and are supported by an electromechanical boarding device. The vehicles are also equipped with a Vossloh Kiepe propulsion system and Bombardier FLEXX bogies to provide a smooth and comfortable ride.
First two Bombardier Flexity trams due for delivery in spring 2019
Commenting on the order, Endrick Schubert, Chairman of Göteborgs Spårvägar said: “Bombardier is a leading tram supplier and these trams will form an important contribution to further develop public transport in Gothenburg. We have chosen the best tram for our city”
The first two trams are scheduled for delivery in spring 2019. Testing will then be carried out over a distance of more than 20,000 kilometres before the vehicles enter service. The new trams will gradually replace the current fleet enabling the operator to provide additional capacity.
Michael Fohrer, President of Locomotives and Light Rail Vehicles at Bombardier Transportation, said: “We are proud to have won this tender and to continue sustaining our long term partnership with Göteborgs Spårvägar. Our objective was to provide the best value for money and we were able to convince with both our vehicle concept and our service offering.”