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December 11, 2009

First Stadler LRV arrives in Bergen

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THE first light rail vehicles for Bergen's new light rail network arrived in the Norwegian city on December 9. Stadler Pankow is supplying 12 Variobahn low-floor LRVs, with an option for four additional vehicles. The second of the 32.2m-long vehicles will follow in February, with the remainder arriving at 3-4 week intervals until the last is delivered next September.
The Bergen Variobahn has a maximum capacity of 229 passengers and seats 80. The vehicles are designed to allow the installation of two additional modules, which would take their length to 44m and increase capacity to 350 passengers. All 15 stations have been built to accommodate the lengthened LRVs.
The first 9.8km phase of Line 1 will link Nesttun Centre with Fantoft, Brann Stadium and Byparken in the city centre. Although most of the line runs in a valley, significant tunnelling was required with 28% of the line (2.5km) underground.
The line is due to open on June 22 next year and will be operated by Fjord1 Partner, a joint venture between Fjord1, Norway, (51%) and Keolis, France, (49%) which has a six-year contract with two options for one-year extensions.

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