March 06, 2018

German cities plan joint LRV procurement

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Frankfurt (Oder) is looking to replace its ageing Tatra KT4D trams. Frankfurt (Oder) is looking to replace its ageing Tatra KT4D trams. Quintus Vosman

THE German cities of Brandenburg an der Havel, Cottbus and Frankfurt an der Oder are preparing to launch a joint tender for up to 45 new LRVs in a bid to reduce procurement costs for the modernisation of their tram fleets.

The order has an estimated value of €120m if all options are exercised.

All three cities have metre-gauge networks, which are electrified at 600V dc.

The specification calls for 30m-long 60% low-floor vehicles capable of accommodating up to 150 passengers, around 50 of them seated.

The order will be partially funded by the state of Brandenburg, which is making €48m available for investment in barrier-free public transport by 2022.

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