March 13, 2015

Budapest receives first CAF Urbos LRV

Written by  Ferenc Joo
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Budapest receives first CAF Urbos LRV BKK

THE first of 37 Urbos low-floor LRVs being supplied by CAF for the tram network in Budapest arrived in the Hungarian capital in the early hours of March 11.

The first vehicle to be delivered is one of 25 34m-long LRVs which will be delivered by the end of this year. The remaining 12 vehicles will be 56m long, surpassing the fleet of 40 55m-long Siemens Combino LRVs, which were the last major purchase by Budapest Transport Company (BKV).

The CAF vehicles have been ordered for BKV by Budapest transport Centre (BKK). The deal included options for up to 87 additional LRVs, and BKK has already exercised the first option for 10 34m-long vehicles, which will be delivered next year.

The shorter trams accommodate up to 200 passengers, 46 of them seated, and will be used on lines 3, 19 and 61, the latter two operating over the new links now being built to connect the northern and southern tram networks in the Buda and Óbuda parts of the city.

The longer vehicles, will accommodate 345 passengers, 81 of them seated. They will deployed on Line 1, where additional LRVs are required for the southern extension, which is currently being commissioned and due to open later this month or early next month.

Following trials, BKK expects the first Urbos vehicle to enter service by September.

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Photo: BKK

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