The transport company SL AB (Storstockholms Lokaltrafik), operator of the transport network of the Swedish capital, has entered into a contract with CAF for the supply of an additional 12 trams for its transport network. Accordingly, the total number of units produced by CAF over the past few years for Stockholm will now amount to 42 trams. The current operation amounts to approximately €37M, and the units are scheduled for delivery in late 2019.
In 2010, CAF signed the first contract with the Swedish transit operator for the production of 15 Units. This contract included an option to purchase up to 121 additional trams, as part of a programme to develop the sustainable transit model being developed by the city. Subsequently, this contract was extended on two occasions: firstly for the supply of a further 7 trams which are already providing revenue service together with the first 15, and then a second, more recent extension, in the first half of this year, with a new extension of 8 units which are currently under production.
The new contract signed this week, consists of the supply of 12 trams. Two trams are made of 4 modules and will run on the Lidingöbanan line to increase service frequency. The remaining ten units will comprise of 3 modules and will increase the Tvärbana line capacity. The extension of this line is scheduled to be in operation in 2021. Accordingly, this contract will provide various solutions to meet the requirements and demands of the various zones of the Scandinavian city's passenger transit network.
These trams belong to the URBOS platform, one of the biggest selling vehicles on the European market, which guarantees high reliability and is designed based on state-of-the-art environmental standards. The trams will be bi-directional low floor units for optimum accessibility, with a top speed of 90 km/h. They will also be fitted with cutting edge comfort and safety equipment. Specifically adapted to withstand extreme weather conditions in this Nordic country, the units are designed to endure extremely low temperatures (as low as -40ºC).
This is a particularly significant contract for CAF as it bears out the trust placed in CAF by the Swedish operator in a demanding market where commitment towards collective transportation and the environment are both deciding factors. It should also be pointed out that CAF trams are a benchmark in the international market and are already running in a significant number of cities around the world such as Budapest, Edinburgh, Belgrade, Kaohsiung, Freiburg, Besançon, Nantes, Houston, Cincinnati, Birmingham or Sydney.
CAF signs deal to supply trams for Lijn (Belgium)
CAF has signed today with De Lijn, the Flemish Transportation Company (Belgium), a contract for the supply of approximately 146 trams in several lots for the provinces of Antwerp, East Flanders, and West Flanders. This project award was already announced in late 2016. The signature has set off the first two lots of the contract for the manufacture of a total of 48 trams totalling circa €100m.
De Lijn is the Flemish public operator of buses and trams which annually carries approximately 530 million passengers. This contract underpins CAF's consolidation in the Benelux railway market with ongoing projects for the cities of Brussels, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Luxemburg.
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