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Odense chooses Stadler

The agency responsible for the planned tramway project in Denmark's third city, Odense Letbane, has selected Stadler Pankow to supply 14 low-floor Variobahn cars to operate on the 14.5km line. The contract is worth DKK 336M. Stadler has already been successful in supplying this type of tram to Denmark's first new tramway of the modern era, in Aarhus, where the design has successfully completed its approval process with the Danish authorities. Another contract award, for DKK 1.2bn, has seen the Spanish company Comsa, in association with the Danish Munck Gruppen A/S, selected as preferred bidder for railway systems (track, electrification, signaling and control, and the depot).

The contracts will be signed as soon as approval is received from regional, municipal and state government, but the prices are within the project budget. The new tramway should open in 2020, providing a 10-minute service from Tarup Centre to Hjallese via the city centre railway station and town hall, and carrying 34 000 passengers/day in the first year.

3 May 2017

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