Bombardier Transportation has delivered the first of the Flexity low-floor trams it is manufacturing for Duisburg in Germany. Comprehensive test and approval runs on the local network will start shortly.
Duisburger Verkehrsgesellschaft AG ordered a fleet of 47 trams from Bombardier in December 2017 under a contract worth approximately €132 million. The new three-car trams are 70% low floor, 34 meters long, 2.3 meters wide and able to transport up to 200 passengers. Two additional doors in the end cars and one in the middle car result in better accessibility and shorter dwell times.
In addition, the trams are equipped with air conditioning and a high-tech passenger information system to keep passengers informed about upcoming stops and connections.
Dirk Wunderlich, head of German cities at Bombardier Transportation, said: “I’m sure that the passengers in Duisburg will enjoy commuting on these new vehicles just as much as we have enjoyed developing and building them.
“We’re very proud to contribute to Duisburg’s efforts in attracting an even bigger share of the city’s population to use public transport, reduce local road traffic and air pollution.”
The modern trams are equipped with Bombardier’s Obstacle Detection and Assistance System (ODAS), the world’s first approved image-based driver assistance system that helps to prevent collisions. It anticipates possible collisions with pedestrians, cyclists or vehicles, sends an alarm to the driver and can initiate braking.
The lower part of the tram bodies also feature two concealed impact elements, as well as flexible, soft trim parts, to give even more protection for road users.