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August 18, 2011

Stadler wins its first British contract

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TRANSPORT for London has awarded a £16.3m contract to Stadler to supply six Variobahn low-floor air-conditioned LRVs for operation on the Croydon Tramlink light rail network. The first vehicle will be delivered by the end of the year and will enter service in spring 2012, with the remaining five vehicles following later.

The five-section vehicles are 32m long, 2.5m longer than the existing Bombardier LRVs. The London Borough of Croydon will contribute £3m to the purchase and for alterations to existing stops and the depot to accommodate the longer vehicles.

The new LRVs will strengthen capacity on Tramlink which has seen traffic increase from 18.6 million journeys in 2001-02 to 27.8 million in 2010-11.

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