Munich operator MVG orders 22 new Avenio trams

17 September 2015  •  Author(s): Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Munich operator Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft (MVG), subsidiary of Stadtwerke München (SWM), has placed an order for 22 Siemens Avenio trams.

Munich operator MVG orders 22 new Avenio trams

A total of 22 new trams will be ordered from Siemens with the option of a further 124 agreed. The initial order will consist of 9 two-piece, 9 three-piece and 4 four-car Avenio trams. The operator plans to couple two and three-part trains during weekdays providing a vehicle which is 48 metres in length and the longest tram used in Munich. As a result the vehicles will provide 260 seats for commuters on lines 20 and 21.

Agreement allows for an additional 124 Avenio trams between 2018 and 2028

Existing 8 Avenio trams will be switched to run alongside Variobahn type R3.3 trams on lines 16 and 17 together with the 4 new four-part Avenios. This will allow 13 older low-floor type R2.2 trams to be taken out of service and used as a source for spare parts for the remaining 55 R2.2 vehicles.

Herbert King, MVG General Manager, said: “With this order we improve the capacity of the Munich Tram further considerably: 13 older trains with a total of 2028 seats will be replaced by 22 new trains with a total of 3208 places.”

The option for an additional 124 trams containing two-part, three-part, four-part and five-car trains, allow for possible delivery between 2018 and 2028.

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