SPANISH manufacturer CAF has won two light rail contracts in Germany worth almost €200m in total.

The first, is for 51 LRVs for the German operator Ruhrbahn that will operate in Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr.

The 51 LRVs will be delivered between 2024 and 2026 and will be used by the largest transport operator in the Ruhr region. The bi-directional, low floor, 28m-long vehicles will have capacity for 173 passengers including two spaces for wheelchairs or prams. They will also be fitted with driver assistance systems and rear-view cameras instead of mirrors.

The second contract is for an extra eight trams for VAG Freiburg, which will join 17 CAF Urbos trams already in use with the operator. The option for the eight was part of the initial order for Urbos trams for the Germany city that entered traffic from 2015.

The new trams will replace existing GT8N vehicles that have been operating since the early-1990s. They are 9m longer than the trams they will replace.

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