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German cities order new trams

The first Alstom Citadis trams for a German tramway will result from a EUR 113.5M contract for 43 cars signed on 19 June. There is an option for a further 10. Unlike French Citadis, they will feature steel bodies and pivoting bogies. The 31.5m three-section 100% low-floor trams will start to arrive in late 2020. Alstom will provide training and maintenance. the new trams will feature driver-assist technology, automatic headlight illumination and rain-sensor windscreen wipers.

RNV, the operator of metre-gauge trams in Mannheim, Ludwigshafen and Heidelberg is ordering 80 trams from Skoda Transportation for EUR 250M. There are options for 34 more. Delivery will start in early 2021. The ForCity Smart cars will be assembled by Skoda Transtech in Finland.

Freiburg-im-Breisgau has signed a contract for five more CAF Urbos 100 metre-gauge trams, to join the 12 already in service. There is an option for seven more of the seven-section trams.

Tenders for new trams have been issued by KVB Köln (Cologne), which wants 64 (option 36), Ruhrbahn (Essen/Mülheim) which wants 26, and Brandenburg/Cottbus/Frankfurt-an-der-Oder (joint order for 22 with option for 21 more).

21 June 2018


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