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Bremen and Braunschweig buy new trams

One of the most interesting tram order decisions this year came on 29 June, when the north German city of Bremen decided to place an order with Siemens for 67 new Avenio 100% low-floor trams, at a cost around EUR 200M. There is an option to increase the order by a further 10-17 cars. Delivery will start in spring 2019, and permit the replacement of the ADtranz/Kiepe fleet of low-floor GT8N trams delivered in 1993-1996. These 77 trams were considered for a mid-life overhaul, but their poor condition, mainly due to rusting, and the difficulty in sourcing spare parts, led to the alternative decision to buy new. The Siemens Avenio trams will be four-section cars, 37m long and 2.65m wide, with space for up to 259 passengers. They will be equipped with LED lighting, air conditioning and regenerative braking, with a wheelchair lift for stops without platforms. 90% of the product will be recyclable.

Another north German city, Braunschweig, with its unusual 1100mm track gauge, is sticking with its existing supplier. The city is buying 17 more single-ended 35.7m four-section Tramino 100% low-floor trams from the Stadler/Solaris joint venture for EUR 18.9M, with delivery of the complete batch in 2019. Braunschweig bought 18 Solaris Tramino in 2014-2016.

8 July 2017

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