17th December 2018
Bombardier have received a further order from Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG) - operators in the Alb valley region in southwest Germany - for the delivery of 20 further dual-system Bombardier FLEXITY trams.
This order is the third from an original agreement signed in 2009 for a total of 75 vehicles. The value of the order amounts to approximately 87 million euro ($98 million US) and the vehicles are due to be delivered between May 2020 and March 2021.
The dual-system tram means it can work on both light rail and heavy rail sections of the network. This gives passengers the ability to travel from the surrounding areas of the city without having to change trains. Each of the vehicles is 37 metres long and offers space for 244 passengers, of which 93 are seated. Up to four FLEXITY trams can be coupled to accommodate an even higher number of passengers at peak times.
Dr. Alexander Pischon, CEO of Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft said:
Striving to provide attractive local transport services, we have decided to order 20 additional dual-system vehicles from Bombardier Transportation. This will allow us to purposefully enlarge our vehicle fleet offering high-quality standards to our passengers"
Ascan Egerer, Technical Director of AVG said:
"Considering the urgent need to expand our capacity, ordering the 20 additional vehicles is of vital importance for us, as we are continuing to modernize our vehicle fleet. For our passengers, the FLEXITY trams also offer a modern, high level of passenger comfort."
Alexander Ketterl, Bombardier’s Head of Light Rail Vehicles said:
“We are very pleased about this renewed vote of confidence and look forward to continuing to work successfully with our customer AVG. We are proud that AVG will continue to rely on our dependable and easy-to-maintain FLEXITY trams in order to extend their transport service."
Author: Darren Porter