WORK is now in progress at Škoda Group's Ostrava production site in the Czech Republic to refurbish 79 type M31 trams for the Swedish city of Gothenburg.

Public transport operator Västtrafik awarded Škoda a €80m contract to refurbish the M31 fleet in May 2022. The M31 trams were built between 1984 and 1986 and have already undergone several upgrades, including major repairs at Ostrava in 2011-17.

The refurbishment programme includes installing new door systems, a modern electro-hydraulic braking system, improved heating for passengers and air-conditioning for drivers, all designed to withstand Gothenburg’s harsh winter climate.

Four trams are currently on the production line at Ostrava, with the prototype at the painting stage. The new livery more closely matches more modern designs in the Gothenburg fleet, Škoda says.

The first refurbished trams are due to be delivered to Västtrafik by the end of this year.

“Gothenburg is an expanding city, with a growing population and increased demand for public transport,” says Västtrafik fleet director, Mr Jonas Sundgren.

“One of our key initiatives is the refurbishment of the type M31. This will enhance and modernise our tram fleet, ensuring a more reliable and efficient service for passengers.”

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