LAUSANNE Region Public Transport (TL) has signed a contract with Stadler for the supply of 10 Tramlink LRVs for the 4.6km light rail route currently under construction from Flon to Renans. The line is due to open in 2024.

The 45m long low-floor Tramlink LRVs will have bright and spacious interiors with wide aisles, able to accommodate up to 316 passengers with three multi-purpose areas next to the doors for wheelchairs, buggies and bicycles.

The Tramlink vehicles will be 2.65m wide, with eight double-leaf doors per side equipped with sliding steps to bridge the gap between the LRV and the platform. This will ensure rapid and safe passenger flow, according to Stadler.

An air-conditioning system, as well as complete acoustic and thermal insulation of the interior, will enhance passenger comfort and safety.

Stadler says that the Tramlink LRVs for Lausanne will feature lightweight, high-strength stainless steel construction, with optimum all-around visibility for the driver and a front end designed to protect pedestrians. The Tramlink bogie design provides a quiet and comfortable ride and maximum seating capacity over the bogies.

The new fleet for Lausanne will be the first 1435mm-gauge Tramlink design supplied by Stadler to a Swiss operator.

Tramlink LRVs entered service in Lugano in 2021 and are due to be introduced shortly in the canton of Aargau and on the 1000mm-gauge tram networks in Basel and Bern.

The Tramlink design has also been ordered by Milan in Italy and the German city of Jena.

“We are very proud that Lausanne, strongly committed to green and sustainable mobility, has chosen our innovative Tramlink for its first light rail line,” says Dr Ansgar Brockmeyer, executive vice-president of sales and marketing and deputy group CEO at Stadler.

“Passengers and drivers will enjoy a safe and comfortable ride and residents will appreciate the lack of noise.”

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