Spanish rolling-stock manufacturer CAF has won two new light-rail contracts from German customers.
One is to supply 51 new light-rail vehicles (trams) to Ruhrbahn, which serves the cities of Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr. Ruhrbahn is the largest transport operator in the Ruhr region and operates three underground lines, eleven tram lines and 74 bus lines, providing daytime and night-time services for more than 150 million passengers per year.
The new trams will be bidirectional, low floor, 28-metre-long vehicles. Passenger capacity will be for at least 173 passengers, including two multipurpose places for wheelchairs or prams. In addition, and for enhanced safety, the units will be fitted with a driver assistance system and rear-view cameras instead of the usual mirrors. The vehicles will run on the tram network which services the cities of Essen and Mülheim and connects them to each other. This network currently spans a total of 155 kilometres, serving as the transport backbone for the entire metropolitan area.
The contract covers the new trams as well as all necessary spare parts and is scheduled for delivery between 2024 and 2026.
The second contract is for an additional eight trams for the city of Freiburg. These new units will be added to the 17 Urbos trams that CAF has already supplied and which are now in revenue service. The new units will replace vehicles that have been running since the early ‘90s, providing improved accessibility and greater capacity, as they are nine metres longer than the previous trams.
Together, the two contracts are worth around €200 million (£171 million).