Alstom and German local transport authority Magdeburger Verkehrsbetriebe (MVB) have signed a contract for the delivery of new Flexity trams and their accompanying spare parts. The first call off for 35 vehicles and 24 years of parts supply is valued at around €190 million and includes options for a total of 28 additional vehicles.
The state of Saxony-Anhalt is contributing almost €60 million to the total funding requirement.
At 38 metres, the four-car Flexity trams are eight metres longer than the vehicles currently in use with MVB. Each of the new trams can transport up to 241 passengers and has two multi-purpose areas that offers ample space for pushchairs, bicycles, and wheelchairs. The wide doorways enable fast boarding while large windows ensure that the passenger area is filled with natural light.
Inside, energy-efficient ambient illumination provides excellent lighting and LED light strips outside improve the visibility of the trams as they navigate urban traffic. The fully air-conditioned vehicles are energy-efficient and have been designed so that the interior remails quiet while the tram is in operation.
Magdeburg’s Flexity passengers can look forward to enjoying free Wi-Fi access while in the trams. The vehicles will also be equipped with the state-of-the-art driver assistance system ODAS (Obstacle Detection Assistance System), which assists the driver in detecting obstacles during operation. In addition, the design of the driver’s cab with a large field of vision contributes to increased safety.
Müslüm Yakisan, president of Alstom in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “We thank MVB for the trust they have placed in Alstom.
“The Flexity impresses with its unmistakably dynamic and modern appearance. It will leave a lasting mark on the cityscape. But more importantly, passengers can look forward to the highest levels of ride comfort, safety, and reliability.”
Birgit Münster-Rendel, managing director of MVB, added: “With Alstom, we have found the ideal partner for our new generation of trams.
“I am pleased to be able to raise public transport in Magdeburg to a new level with the modern Flexity low-floor trams and, thanks to the new comfort, to encourage even more people to switch to our means of transport.”
The new trams are scheduled for delivery starting in 2023 and are expected to enter passenger service in 2024. They will first replace old TATRA vehicles and then successively replace the city’s first low-floor trams originally delivered in the 1990s.
In view of increasing passenger numbers, as well as route extensions related to the 2nd North-South Link construction project, the tram fleet will also be expanded by ten vehicles.
With this order, the number of trams supplied by Alstom to Magdeburg will grow to a total of 118 vehicles. MVB has been using Alstom trams since 1994, with 83 NGT8D trams delivered between 1994 and 2012.