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October 28, 2011

The Hague to order Siemens Avenio LRVs

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SIEMENS is to supply 40 Avenio low-floor LRVs to The Hague after its competitor in the tender, CAF, failed to win an appeal against the decision by The Hague City Tramways (HTM). The deal looks set to be the first firm order for Siemens' new generation LRV, which was unveiled in 2009.

The 35m-long bi-directional vehicles will accommodate up to 238 passengers with 70 seated. Deliveries will take place in 2014-15.
The Avenio is designed to be lighter than Combino, and Siemens has employed a steel body, a new welding technique, and reduced installed parts. It also features lateral stability elements to reduce forces acting on the wheel and railhead as the vehicle passes through curves.

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