De Lijn places order for additional FLEXITY 2 trams

3 June 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Flemish transport operator De Lijn has signed a contract with Bombardier to supply 40 additional FLEXITY 2 trams for service in the Belgian cities of Ghent and Antwerp.

De Lijn places order for additional FLEXITY 2 trams

The order was part of an original contract option signed in September 2012 and is valued at approximately 97 million euro. The order increases De Lijn’s fleet of FLEXITY 2 trams from 48 to 88.

The additional order was announced at a ceremony introducing the new FLEXITY 2 trams in the city of Ghent on the 11th May 2015. The new trams are 43 metres long and can accommodate up to 40 percent more passengers than their predecessors. The low-floor vehicles are equipped with multi-purpose areas for those traveling with reduced mobility and storage space for bicycles and prams. All trams are 2.3 metres wide and are equipped with Bombardier FLEXX Urban 3000 meter gauge bogies with conventional axles producing a smoother journey. In addition, all vehicles are equipped with the Bombardier MITRAC propulsion system and have heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for drivers and passengers.

Roger Kesteloot, General Director, De Lijn, said, “We are happy to be able to provide these two Flemish cities with a much-needed capacity increase with this order. The initial reaction to “Albatros”– the name that our passengers chose for the FLEXITY 2 trams – in Ghent has been very positive. We are looking forward with anticipation to the deliveries of the 40 additional trams.”

Ghent will receive 16 bi-directional, seven-module vehicles that are able to accommodate up to 378 passengers. Antwerp will receive 24 mono-directional trams. Fourteen of these will be seven-module vehicles with a length of approximately 43 metres and a capacity for 380 passengers. This is in addition to another ten, five-module vehicles with a length of approximately 31 metres and a capacity of up to 266 passengers.

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