Rolling-stock manufacturer Stadler has signed a framework agreement with Azienda Transporti Milanesi SpA. (ATM) of Milan, Italy, for the supply of up to 80 Tramlink trams, making the contract worth up to €172.6 million (£157 million). The first call-off is for 30 trams.
Founded in 1931, ATM is owned by the Municipality of Milan and manages the public transport services (metro, tram, bus and trolleybus) in both the city and in 95 surrounding municipalities, serving over 2.5 million inhabitants. The Milan tram service currently has 20 urban lines making up a network of 180km.
This is Stadler’s first contract to supply trams to Italy. The 80 trams will be used for both urban and interurban services and will gradually replace older vehicles, improving passenger comfort and increasing capacity
The tram bodies will be made from duplex stainless steel, which is both corrosion resistant and as strong as conventional steel. Each three-car vehicle will be 25 metres long and will be fitted with three innovative bogies that will ensure smooth running even over the very tight radius curves typical of Milan. A low-floor and three doors on each side will allow passengers to board and alight quickly while the wide interior will give plenty of space inside.
Trams will be fitted with an anti-collision device, which can intervene when it detects a potential collision situation with pedestrians, vehicles or other obstacles. The driver’s cab gives good visibility and this is enhanced by the use of CCTV.
Íñigo Parra, chief executive officer of Stadler Valencia, said: “We are very proud that a cosmopolitan city like Milan, strongly committed to green and sustainable mobility, has chosen our innovative tram.
“The Tramlink incorporates Stadler’s long-standing experience in passenger transport vehicles.
“I am convinced that our vehicles will successfully meet the challenges of Milan’s urban transport, including the Winter Olympics in 2026.”